RELIGION

South Dakota board takes up polygamist group's request to access more water for compound

  • Seth Jeffs, right, the brother of Warren Jeffs, imprisoned leader of a polygamist sect, participates in a state water board meeting, Thursday, July 9, 2015, in Pierre, S.D. Jeffs and members of the United Order of South Dakota, a trust run by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, are requesting additional water for their remote South Dakota compound.  (AP Photo/James Nord)

    Seth Jeffs, right, the brother of Warren Jeffs, imprisoned leader of a polygamist sect, participates in a state water board meeting, Thursday, July 9, 2015, in Pierre, S.D. Jeffs and members of the United Order of South Dakota, a trust run by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, are requesting additional water for their remote South Dakota compound. (AP Photo/James Nord)  (The Associated Press)

  • Seth Jeffs, the brother of an imprisoned leader of a polygamist sect, leaves a hearing at a state water board in Pierre, S.D., Thursday, July 9, 2015. Jeffs is attempting to access more water for the sect's remote South Dakota compound, but the board wants more information about what the group needs the water for. (AP Photo/James Nord)

    Seth Jeffs, the brother of an imprisoned leader of a polygamist sect, leaves a hearing at a state water board in Pierre, S.D., Thursday, July 9, 2015. Jeffs is attempting to access more water for the sect's remote South Dakota compound, but the board wants more information about what the group needs the water for. (AP Photo/James Nord)  (The Associated Press)

  • Seth Jeffs, the brother of an imprisoned leader of a polygamist sect, leaves a hearing at a state water board in Pierre, S.D., Thursday, July 9, 2015. Jeffs is attempting to access more water for the sect's remote South Dakota compound, but the board wants more information about what the group needs the water for. (AP Photo/James Nord)

    Seth Jeffs, the brother of an imprisoned leader of a polygamist sect, leaves a hearing at a state water board in Pierre, S.D., Thursday, July 9, 2015. Jeffs is attempting to access more water for the sect's remote South Dakota compound, but the board wants more information about what the group needs the water for. (AP Photo/James Nord)  (The Associated Press)

South Dakota regulators are taking up a polygamist group's request for more water at a remote compound.

The regulators on Thursday said they would allow questions about the group's faith and background, despite a request from the group's attorney that those issues be blocked during the hearing.

Seth Jeffs, brother of imprisoned sect leader Warren Jeffs, has requested doubling the rate of water able to be drawn at the compound.

But he's seemed reluctant to answer questions during the Water Management Board's hearing. Seth Jeffs said he's unaware how many people live at the compound, though he spends almost all of his time there.

Jeffs also said he doesn't know much about the leadership of a religious trust there run by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.