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“OKC Files Brief in Water Case”

Filed by KOSU News in State Impact.
April 4, 2013

OKC, seven other states, and the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association have filed friend-of-the-court briefs urging the Supreme Court to side with Oklahoma and uphold the 10th Circuit opinion.

In their brief, attorneys for Oklahoma City called Tarrant’s contention that Congress authorized the Sardis Reservoir to provide a municipal water supply for north Texas erroneous.
“In essence, Tarrant is asking this court to rewrite the express terms of the (Red River) compact, to ignore Oklahoma’s plenary authority over its internal surface water resources and to modify the basis for Congress’ funding and authorization of the Sardis Reservoir because of Tarrant’s opinion that Tarrant needs the water more than Oklahoma,” attorneys for the city wrote.

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