U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Oklahoma Water Rights Case


Friday, January 4th 2013, 5:22 pm
By: News 9


A fight between Oklahoma and Texas over billions of gallons of Oklahoma water is going to be argued before the highest court in the land.

On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court said it would hear the case, in which the Tarrant Regional Water District, north of Dallas, sued the Oklahoma Water Resources Board so that it could buy water from southeastern Oklahoma.

The suit, filed in 2007, alleges a moratorium on out-of-state water sales is unconstitutional. It was thrown out by a lower court, but Tarrant appealed.

In a statement obtained by News 9, an official with the water district said, "We expect the Supreme Court's decision will bring finality to the legal issues that have precluded us from addressing regional water needs due to the growing population in the Metroplex."

It's not known yet just when the court will hear the case.

An official with the water district released the following statement,

"We are extremely pleased our request for writ of certiorari has been granted by the Supreme Court of the United States. The Tarrant Regional Water District has worked for many years to resolve the legal questions concerning rights to water under the Red River Compact. We expect the Supreme Court's decision will bring finality to the legal issues that have precluded us from addressing regional water needs due to the growing population in the Metroplex. We look forward to presenting our case and we are hopeful the end result will be an opportunity to move forward in a constructive manner."