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Why Oklahoma’s Supreme Court Water Fight Could Have National Ripple Effects

Joe Wertz / StateImpact

State Sen. Jerry Ellis, D-Valiant, opposes the sale or transfer of Oklahoma water to Texas.

The final battle in the Oklahoma-Texas water war will be fought Tuesday in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Texas says the three decades-old Red River Compact entitles it to some of Oklahoma’s water resources. Oklahoma says it doesn’t have to let Texas tap its supply. The ripples of this regional fight could affect water policy across the entire nation.


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