Justices Say Water Export Bans OK Under Multistate Compact

Law360, Dallas (June 13, 2013, 12:04 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld Oklahoma laws that restrict water exports from the state, rejecting arguments from a Texas water district that the ban violated a four-state water-sharing compact by preventing Texas from collecting its fair portion from a shared river.

The court held in a unanimous decision authored by Justice Sonia Sotomayor that the compact does not preempt the Oklahoma laws, passed in 2007, to allow the Tarrant Regional Water District to draw down its allocation of water from a tributary of the...
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