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OKLAHOMA CITY -- A Texas water supply agency is asking the
10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to expedite its case against a
moratorium on selling Oklahoma water to other states.
Attorneys for the Tarrant Regional Water District told the appeals
court their client was entitled to a prompt opportunity to purchase
water in Oklahoma just as much as an Oklahoma water user is.
The case came to the federal appeals court a month ago as an
Oklahoma Water Resources Board request to throw out a lawsuit of the
Fort Worth, Texas-based water district. The lawsuit, in federal court
in Oklahoma City, seeks to have Oklahoma's embargo declared
The water district's nine-page request to have the appeals court
put the case on a fast track comes nine days after efforts to resolve
the dispute by mediation ended.
The request stated that a speedy resolution of the case is needed
because it raises grave constitutional questions on issues having
widespread public importance and impact.
The district provides water to 1.6 million people.
The ban on out-of-state water sales was imposed in 2001.
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