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April 24, 2013

Supreme Court hears arguments in water rights fight

Ada —

Oklahoma and Texas pressed their cases Tuesday in a fight over whether the Red River Compact allows Texas to cross state lines in its quest for water.

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a long-running dispute over access to southeastern Oklahoma tributaries to the Red River which separates Texas and Oklahoma. The Red River Compact among Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana spells out how much water each state is allowed to use.

The Tarrant Regional Water District, which serves more than 6 million people in north Texas, wants to buy 150 billion gallons of water. The agency says Texas is entitled to use Oklahoma water for that purpose, and the Red River Compact gives it the right to do so.

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