Solicitor General recommends double denials in invitation briefs

The water wars return to the Court again, this time in an original action – that is, a lawsuit that begins in the Supreme Court – brought by Mississippi against Tennessee. The dispute centers around water from the Sparta-Memphis Aquifer, which spans the Tennessee-Mississippi border. The city of Memphis has long pumped water from the aquifer, leading to lower water levels in the part of the aquifer located below the city. Those lower water levels in turn result in different water pressures in that section of the aquifer, on the one hand, and sections of the aquifer under other parts of Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi. As a result, Mississippi contends, water stored in the aquifer in Mississippi moves north toward Memphis, even though it would normally remain in Mississippi.
In June 2014, Mississippi asked the Supreme Court for

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