August 29, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Southern Nevada Water Authority officials say they're disappointed Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has rejected an agreement that would allow Las Vegas to pump massive amounts of groundwater from the states' shared border.
The authority issued a statement following Wednesday's decision, saying Herbert had "unilaterally" withdrawn from the agreement in spite of an "overwhelming body of scientific evidence and legally binding safeguards."
Agency officials said they would evaluate their options to address Herbert's decision.
The deal had been in the works for more than three years and involves water from an ice-age aquifer under Snake Valley.
Herbert said in a statement that he can't sign the deal because most of the Utah residents in the affected area do not support it.
Several environmental groups praised Herbert's withdrawal from the pact.