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Red River Compact

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The general manager for the Tarrant Regional Water District  is defending the multi-million dollar cost of its legal battle waged over Oklahoma water.

Jim Oliver says the district spent more than $6 million public dollars for the right to cross into Oklahoma to pump out water Tarrant thought it should have under a four-state state agreement called the Red River Compact.  The final tally for how much public money was spent on the lawsuit was not available. 

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There’s often been tension between Texas and Oklahoma. A dispute over the state boundary line dates back nearly 200 years.  And for more than a century Texas and OU football teams have clashed in the Red River Rivalry. Tuesday, the latest skirmish goes before the U.S. Supreme Court when the State of Oklahoma and the Tarrant Regional Water District in Fort Worth argue over water rights.

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UPDATE, 2 p.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court says it will hear hear the Tarrant Regional Water District's case to let it divert and use Oklahoma water.  The water district's general manager, Jim Oliver, says, "We expect the Supreme Court’s decision will bring finality to the legal issues that have precluded us from addressing regional water needs due to the growing population in the Metroplex."

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Supreme Court Justices today will decide whether to hear a case that could affect the water supply in North Texas. KERA’s Shelley Kofler says a decision on importing Oklahoma water has implications for states across the country.