High Court Boosts States' Rights In Texas Water Ruling

Law360, Dallas (June 13, 2013, 7:42 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court’s Thursday decision in a water rights dispute between Oklahoma and a Texas water district sends a strong message that states control their own natural resources and have the power to enact protectionist laws, experts say.

The court held in a unanimous decision authored by Justice Sonia Sotomayor that the Red River Compact between Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana, did not preempt Oklahoma laws restricting water exports from the state. The ruling cuts off the Tarrant Regional Water District’s attempt to draw water...
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