Brothers appeal 1882 Montana water right
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A legal fight over a Petroleum County water right dating back to 1882 has landed before the Montana Supreme Court.
The Billings Gazette reports that Wilks Ranch Montana, which is owned by billionaire brothers Dan and Farris Wilks, and another water user Dan Iverson have filed a lawsuit over a senior water right along Flatwillow Creek.
They argue that a Water Court judge erred in his June 2018 findings that Gene Klamert’s senior water right on Flatwillow Creek had not been abandoned. The Wilkses and Iverson own land upstream of Klamert and contend that Klamert hasn’t made use of his water right for 17 years.
Klamert’s attorney contends that Iverson and the Wilkses failed to prove that Klamert’s water right had been abandoned.
Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com