Counting the interest on the bonds, the judgment will ultimately cost in the neighborhood of $52 million, said Claremore Daily Progress publisher Bailey Dabney.
Norman City Manager Steve Lewis said lawsuits of this nature are a viable concern by the city as it considers what action it can take to limit the purchase of potable water by a legally operating business.
Long term, the answer may lie within the suggestion by the Oil and Gas Conservation Division that lower quality water sources be used for hydraulic fracturing. With a large portion of the state still struggling with drought, and water issues one of the largest on the horizon, lawmakers may be inclined to strengthen suggestions and encouragement into law and regulation in the future.
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