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Article by Michael Coleman


Reed Benson, a University of New Mexico professor specializing in water law, said the Supreme Court’s task in deciding the U.S. government’s role is “very legalistic – very much a technical reading of what is and is not in the compact.”

“I actually have thought that New Mexico’s chances in front of the nine justices may be a little bit better than some people thought,” Benson said. “Some of those justices may be persuaded by the plain text argument – that New Mexico’s obligations are measured at Elephant Butte and once New Mexico delivers to Elephant Butte that it has met its obligation and has met its compliance. The argument of Texas and the feds is that New Mexico has obligations beyond that that aren’t directly stated in the compact.”

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The Albuquerque Journal



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