Supreme Court wades into bitter Oklahoma-Texas water feud ahead of expected 'flood of litigation'

Oklahoman Published: March 13, 2013
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Booming population growth and oil and gas development around Dallas and Forth Worth are wringing the last drops of water out of an area in the grips of drought, according to Greenwire.


But it's a different picture about 100 miles up the highway in southeast Oklahoma. From a helicopter, about 300 feet up, you see lush areas the size of football fields with glistening puddles saturated by the nearby Kiamichi River.
The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex maintains it has a right to that water under the 1980 Red River Compact among Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas. Until now, no state has sought to draw water from another using the compact. They haven't needed it.
Oklahoma disagrees and has circled its wagons around its water. The more-than-10-year feud has become as deeply ingrained as football rivalries between the two states, and Oklahoma has enacted laws that effectively ban the sale of water to Texas for fear the Lone Star State will suck it dry.

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