Supreme Court takes up NC, SC water dispute lawsuit
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear oral arguments from South Carolina in its water dispute against North Carolina. In a rare move, the case is skipping the trial court and going straight to the Supreme Court. WFAE's Julie Rose reports. South Carolina is suing North Carolina for taking too much water out of the Catawba River, which they both share. The City of Charlotte and Duke Energy also want to be part of the lawsuit because they're major users of the water. In fact, Duke Energy has a federal license to manage the river's flow. But South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster says adding more parties will cost too much. "We believe that the states of South Carolina and North Carolina can fully and adequately represent the interests of everyone in the state - whether they're a big company or a small company or just an individual," says Attorney General McMaster. The U.S. Supreme Court has now agreed to hear oral arguments about whether or not to let cities and utilities join the lawsuit. Later, the high court is expected to hear the fundamental issue of the suit. South Carolina contends North Carolina is diverting more than its fair share of the Catawba River.