August 29, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has rejected an agreement with Nevada that would allow Las Vegas to pump massive amounts of groundwater from the states' shared border.
Herbert's lawyers have said that even if Herbert did not sign the agreement, Las Vegas will grab a share of the groundwater anyway.
The deal, which took four years to negotiate, involves water from an ice-age aquifer under Snake Valley, which straddles both states.
Herbert said in a statement announcing his decision Wednesday that he can't sign the deal because most of the Utah residents in the affected area do not support the deal.
Southern Nevada Water Authority spokesman Scott Huntley says his agency hadn't reviewed the decision and did not have immediate comment Wednesday afternoon.
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