The Norman Transcript

June 14, 2013

Congressman pleased with water rights ruling


The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — The congressman that represents southeastern Oklahoma says the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to support the state’s water laws is welcome news for the state.

Republican Rep. Markwayne Mullin says Oklahoma’s water should be kept in Oklahoma for economic development, agriculture and recreation. Mullin says the state must protect its water supply as parts of the state remain in a drought.

The Supreme Court’s decision Thursday upheld lower court rulings in favor of Oklahoma’s right to protect the state’s natural resources.

The Tarrant Regional Water District in Texas tried to buy water from Oklahoma and then sought a water resource permit from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board to take water from southeastern Oklahoma. The request was denied and the district sued based on its interpretation of the four-state Red River Compact.

— AP