UPDATE: US high court declines to hear water dispute

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to intervene in the state of Mississippi’s claims that Tennessee’s largest city is pumping too much water out of an aquifer shared by the two states.

The nation’s high court on Monday declined without comment to be dragged into the dispute.

Mississippi has claimed that heavy pumping by Memphis had created a “cone of depression” in the aquifer that is drawing more than 24 million gallons of water out of northern Mississippi each day.

A federal appeals court in New Orleans last June threw out a previous lawsuit because it didn’t include the state of Tennessee as a defendant.