NM farmers sue over water settlement

September 15, 2011 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A lawsuit filed by a group of northwestern New Mexico farmers claims the state engineer’s office withheld information about a water rights settlement between the state and the Navajo Nation.

The [auth] Santa Fe New Mexican reports ( ) the San Juan Agricultural Water Users Association was seeking e-mails and other data regarding the Navajo water rights agreement and a pipeline project.

The lawsuit says some documents appeared to be missing or were withheld.

The group’s attorney, Victor Marshall, says the point is the documents haven’t appeared even though they were specifically requested.

The state engineer’s chief counsel, DL Sanders, says the requested documents had been turned over and he denied withholding anything.

He says the state is asking the court to sanction Marshall “for his outlandish and unethical behavior in court.”

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