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Health, Science & Environment

Supporters Want Lake Powell Pipeline Application Extended Again

Judy Fahys / KUER
The Lake Powell Pipeline would serve fast-growing southwestern Utah, including St. George (shown here). Critics say the billion-dollar-plus project would cost too much, and it could be avoided with water conservation.

The state agency behind the Lake Powell Pipeline proposal is asking for more time to provide key information to federal regulators.

The Utah Division of Water Resources says its water-use data won’t be ready until early next year. It’s also told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that it needs two more weeks to show how it plans to cover the pipeline's billion-dollar-plus cost.

Critics say the pipeline’s cost has been understated and southeastern Utah’s need for the water is overstated.

The state’s been planning the pipeline for over a decade.

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