Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010 | 2:05 a.m.
State hearings have been delayed on the applications of the Southern Nevada Water Authority to pump billions of gallons from eastern Nevada into the Las Vegas Valley.
State Engineer Jason King had originally hoped to conduct the hearings in July or August, but they won’t start until late September 2011.
Those protesting the applications wanted more time to prepare their case.
King had initially hoped to have a final ruling by January 2012, but that has been pushed back to March 2012.
The Nevada Supreme Court in January voided a ruling by former Engineer Tracy Taylor that would have allowed 58,000 acre feet to be pumped to Southern Nevada. The water authority filed new applications and there were 2,300 protests lodged.
King intends to start the hearings Sept. 26 and hold them until Oct. 14 and then recess. He will reconvene Oct. 31 and they will run through Nov. 18.