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Court Affirms Dismissal of Okla. Water Rights Cases (Sep 07, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A federal appeals court has affirmed the dismissal of lawsuits seeking to authorize the sale of water in southeastern Oklahoma to rapidly growing communities in North Texas.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Wednesday upheld a lower court's dismissal of a North Texas water district's lawsuit against the Oklahoma Water Resources Board. The lawsuit had attempted to force the board to give the district access to surface and stream water in southeastern Oklahoma.

In a separate decision, the court ordered a lower court to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the board by the city of Hugo.

Hugo officials had wanted to sell Oklahoma water to Irving, Texas. The court ordered the case dismissed for a lack of federal jurisdiction.

Some southeastern Oklahoma lawmakers oppose water sales.

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