theadanews.com - Ada, Oklahoma

June 13, 2013

Supreme Court sides with Oklahoma in Red River dispute


Associated Press

WASHINGTOIN —

     The Supreme Court has unanimously rejected Texas’ claim that it has a right under a 30-year-old agreement to cross the border with Oklahoma for water to serve the fast-growing Fort Worth area. 

     The justices on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling that said Oklahoma laws intended to block Texas’ water claims are valid.

     The case concerns a dispute over access to southeastern Oklahoma tributaries of the Red River that separates Oklahoma and Texas. 

     The Tarrant Regional Water District serving an 11-county area in north-central Texas including Fort Worth and Arlington wants to buy 150 billion gallons of water and says the four-state Red River Compact gives it the right to do so.  Arkansas and Louisiana are the other participating states and they are siding with Oklahoma.

     See Friday's edition of The Ada News for the full story.