Tombstone, AZ, Argues In Court For Right To Rebuild Its Water Lines

Federal rules would make the town die of thirst


Yesterday morning Goldwater Institute attorney Nick Dranias argued before the Ninth Circuit on behalf of Tombstone, Arizona, defending Tombstone's right to access its water supply against hostile action by the Obama Administration.

As you may remember, last year a devastating combination of wildfires and monsoons ravaged Tombstone's water supply, leaving only 3 of 25 springs in operation. Despite a declared state of emergency, the Obama administration still refuses to let the town repair its water lines, which originate in federal wilderness area, with anything besides horses and hand-tools, for fear of disturbing the Mexican spotted owl.