The Norman Transcript

June 13, 2013

AG says decision affirms Oklahoma’s water rights

Associated Press
The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt says a U.S. Supreme Court ruling has affirmed the state’s sovereignty over its water.

The court handed down a decision Thursday that rejected a Texas water district’s claim that it has a right under a 30-year-old agreement to cross the state border for water to serve the fast-growing Fort Worth area.

Pruitt says the decision will impact future generations. He says it’s important that the state has the ability to manage its water and not be forced to give water to Texas.

The Tarrant Regional Water District argued that the four-state Red River Compact gave it the right to take water from Oklahoma. But Pruitt says the compact does not explicitly allow the water district to cross the border and take water from Oklahoma.