Oklahoma water case should be heard by U.S. Supreme Court, federal attorneys say

The U.S. Solicitor General is recommending the high court take up the case involving a North Texas water district that is contesting Oklahoma's refusal to sell it water.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Modified: November 30, 2012 at 8:01 pm •  Published: December 1, 2012

Both an Oklahoma district court judge and the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the water district's arguments that Oklahoma laws improperly interfere with interstate commerce.

The Tarrant Regional Water District wants to buy water from Oklahoma streams before they empty into the Red River that separates Oklahoma from Texas.

Once water enters the Red River, it becomes too salty to drink without expensive treatment.

Attorneys for the water district in their appeal to the Supreme Court said judges on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals incorrectly interpreted the Red River Compact that governs the apportionment of stream water between Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana.

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