Montana lays out riverbed case to US Supreme Court


HELENA — Montana is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stick with a lower court ruling that the state owns the riverbeds where hydroelectric dams sit and can charge power companies rent for their usage.

PPL Montana has gone to the nation's high court, asking it to reverse a 2010 ruling by the Montana Supreme Court that declared the riverbeds were state property. The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the case in December.

Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock argued in a Thursday filing that state title to the riverbeds stretches back to the 1800s. The argument relies upon historica...

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