RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The water needs of North Carolina pose no
imminent threat to South Carolina's interest in the Catawba River.
That's what officials in North Carolina are saying about a river
that provides drinking water and electricity to both states.
South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster filed a lawsuit
in June opposing plans by the North Carolina cities of Concord and
Kannapolis to pump up to 10 million gallons a day from the river.
McMaster says a 1991 North Carolina law allowing such a water
transfer violates the U.S. Constitution because it prevents the
states from sharing the river equitably.
But North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper says any lack of
river water doesn't stem from such a transfer, but from a severe
drought affecting water supplies across the Southeast.
The U.S. Supreme Court has not yet agreed to hear the case.