Supreme Court rules for Okla. in battle over Red River
WASHINGTON– Water is a hot commodity in this part of the country, especially when the temperatures begin to rise.
However, the Supreme Court has unanimously rejected a claim by the State of Texas that is has a right to take water from Oklahoma to serve the area around Fort Worth.
Authorities with the Tarrant Regional Water District attempted to purchase water from Oklahoma and other areas.
When that was unsuccessful, the group tried to get a water resource permit from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board to take water from the Sooner State’s side of the Red River.
However, Oklahoma law prevents out-of-state applicants from taking or diverting water from within state borders.
Tarrant then filed suit in federal court saying the law violated the Commerce Clause by discriminating against interstate commerce in water.
The Supreme Court ultimately denied the Tarrant’s claims and upheld a lower court ruling that stated Oklahoma laws are valid.