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Scalia Defends Wyoming’s Honor

Via The Supreme Court:
SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
No. 137, Orig.
STATE OF MONTANA, PLAINTIFF v. STATE OF
WYOMING AND STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA
ON EXCEPTIONS TO THE REPORT OF THE SPECIAL MASTER
[May 2, 2011]

JUSTICE SCALIA, dissenting.
Thanks to improved irrigation techniques, Wyoming’s farmers and cattlemen appear to consume more of the water they divert from the Yellowstone River and its tributaries today than they did 60 years ago—that is to say, less of the diverted water ultimately finds its way back into the Yellowstone. The Court interprets the Yellowstone River Compact (Compact), see Act of Oct. 30, 1951, ch. 629, 65 Stat. 663, to grant those Wyomans* the right to increase their consumption so long as they do not increase the volume of water they diverted beyond pre- 1950 levels. . . .

* The dictionary-approved term is “Wyomingite,” which is also the name of a type of lava, see Webster’s New International Dictionary 2961 (2d ed. 1957). I believe the people of Wyoming deserve better.

The indignity. (Hat tip: Evan O'Brien.) - Brian Bolduc


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