From the Yuma Pioneer (Tony Rayl):
he time frame shows Wednesday, September 16, as the last date for the states to meet and agree on an arbitrator (or arbitrators). Dick Wolfe, state engineer for Colorado, reported late last week that an arbitrator had not been selected yet, meaning the states likely will take it to the deadline. While the arbitration is classified as “fast track” it still will be more than five months before an arbitrator issues a decision, which, on the time frame supplied by Wolfe, is March 1, 2010. The fall and early winter will be the “discovery period,” such as submitting bries and responses to those briefs on legal issues, as well as disclosing experts, witness lists, expert reports and exhibits. The trial itself is set for February 1-5, 2010. A location has not been set yet. However, in his notice to his counterparts in Kansas (David Barfield) and Nebraska (Brian Dunnigan) that Colorado was invoking arbitration in regards to the pipeline issue, Wolfe again reiterated his desire to keep working with the other states to reach a mutually acceptable resolution.