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Power Companies Win U.S. High Court Clash Over River Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court sided with power and mining companies against states and environmentalists in a clash over the rights to rivers explored two centuries ago by Lewis and Clark.

The justices unanimously overturned a ruling that would have required a unit of PPL Corp. to pay more than $50 million in rent to Montana for the use of riverbeds under ten of the energy company’s dams.