Court dismisses lawsuit over Okla. water

OKLAHOMA CITY - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a North Texas water district that was trying to force the state to give it access to Oklahoma water.

Attorney General Drew Edmondson says U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton dismissed the lawsuit on Friday. The Tarrant County Water District, which serves Fort Worth, Texas, and surrounding areas, filed the lawsuit in January 2007.

The lawsuit was filed against the Oklahoma Water Resources Board and the Oklahoma Water Conservation Storage Commission. It challenged the constitutionality of a moratorium on out-of-state water sales passed by the Oklahoma Legislature.

State Secretary of the Environment J.D. Strong says Tarrant was seeking to divert more than 400,000 acre-feet of water, about 130 billion gallons, from tributaries of the Red River in Oklahoma.