Supreme Court allows Montana lawsuit against Wyoming to proceed

BILLINGS, Mont. – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday said Montana can continue with a lawsuit that charges Wyoming has been using too much water from a pair of rivers that flow between the states.

Montana argues Wyoming’s agricultural and energy industries are depleting the Tongue and Powder rivers at the expense of downstream residents in Montana. In a complaint filed last year, Montana asked the court to order Wyoming to leave more water in the rivers and award damages and other relief. It did not specify amounts.

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