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Fallin says Supreme Court ruling protects Oklahoma water

Oklahoman Published: June 13, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says a U.S. Supreme Court decision protects the state's ability to manage its own water resources.

A unanimous ruling handed down by the court Thursday sided with Oklahoma in an attempt by a Texas water district to cross the states' common border and take water from Oklahoma to serve the rapidly growing Fort Worth area.

Fallin says the ruling is another victory in Oklahoma's effort to protect state water resources. She says the state has maintained all along that Oklahoma must have the ability to set its own water policy.

Oklahoma Water Resources Board executive director J.D. Strong says the decision is a victory for Oklahoma and seven mostly arid western states that stood to lose control over their limited surface water supplies.

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