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June 14, 2013

Court’s ruling ensures state has water access

NORMAN — The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling Thursday, denying Texas access to Oklahoma water flowing within our state will help ensure the state’s water supply for generations to come.

The court’s ruling ends a nearly six-year-old case involving the Tarrant Regional Water District that serves a fast-growing area of north Texas.

That district wanted to have access to water that will eventually reach them under a Red River Compact.

The court essentially said Tarrant County’s claims on the water before it reaches the Red River are without merit.

Texas has other options in respect to water availability. When Texas attempted to obtain the water rights years ago, Oklahoma legislators took up the cause. In 2009, action on the Texans’ request was delayed until a statewide water needs survey was done.

Lawmakers didn’t want to sell water rights and then come back and need them years from now if Oklahoma has the kind of growth being experienced in north Texas.

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