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Supreme Court backs Oklahoma in dispute

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday decisively sided with Oklahoma and rejected Texas’ claim that it has a right under a 30-year-old pact to cross their common border for water to serve the fast-growing Fort Worth area.

The justices unanimously said that the Red River Compact ‘‘creates no cross-border rights in Texas.’’

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The case concerns a dispute over access to Oklahoma tributaries of the Red River between Oklahoma and Texas.

The Tarrant Regional Water District serving an 11-county area in north-central Texas, including Fort Worth and Arlington, wants to buy 150 billion gallons of water and said the four-state compact gives it the right to do so. Arkansas and Louisiana, the other states, sided with Oklahoma.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor made plain that the justices did not find this a close case.

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