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Officials worried about Snake Valley deal

Officials worried about Snake Valley deal

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Local officials are worried about a pending deal between Utah and Nevada to pipe water from Snake Valley to Las Vegas.

The deal would split the shared Snake Valley aquifer, potentially allowing water to be piped south to Las Vegas.

The Utah Department of Natural Resources says a draft agreement on the plan is likely by August or September, but officials from the counties involved are already wary of the deal.

An attorney for the Utah Association of Counties says the state should slow down on the negotiations.

County officials fear the pipeline could dry up the aquifer that stretches across both states.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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