Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Ninth Circuit Denies Petition for Rehearing of Area of Origin Decision

On October 15, 2013, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order denying the Petition for Rehearing filed by Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority (“TCCA”), which requested rehearing or rehearing en banc of the Ninth Circuit’s opinion in the case of Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority v. U.S. Dept. of the Interior, et al., Case No. 11-17199.

In its July 1, 2013 opinion, the Ninth Circuit rejected TCCA’s claim that California area of origin law entitled TCCA’s member districts to priority deliveries of Central Valley Project (“CVP”) water from the Bureau of Reclamation (“Bureau”). The court ruled that California area of origin laws, in particular Water Code section 11460, do not require the Bureau to prioritize the allocation of Federally-appropriated CVP water to Sacramento Valley CVP contractors. 

TCCA may still file a petition for a writ of certiorari seeking review of the Ninth Circuit’s opinion by the Supreme Court.