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Okla. water arguments set before U.S. Supreme Court

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Oral arguments are scheduled before the U.S. Supreme Court on whether a North Texas water district can have access to water supplies in southeastern Oklahoma.

The Tarrant Regional Water District is challenging Oklahoma statutes that govern the appropriation and use of water within state boundaries. Oral arguments in the case are due Tuesday.

The water district wants to transfer water flowing through southeastern Oklahoma to Fort Worth, Arlington and surrounding communities it serves. The district filed a federal lawsuit in 2007 to invalidate state laws it claims pose a burden to interstate commerce.

Lower courts have dismissed the lawsuit.

Oklahoma says the Red River Compact, which includes Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana, insulates Oklahoma water statutes from interstate commerce challenges involving surface water that is subject to the compact.

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