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Legislation may allow Texas to buy water from Oklahoma

In the latest twist in the Tarrant Regional Water District's four-year battle to obtain Oklahoma water, an Oklahoma state senator has introduced legislation to sell water to out-of-state customers.

The Oklahoma Water Center Act would create a state agency with "authority and duties relating to the transfer of water for use outside the state."

It would also give the give the new Oklahoma Water Center the mandate to develop "a fee schedule for the transfer of water apportioned to Oklahoma by interstate compacts outside the state."

The language was inserted into Senate Bill 741 last week by Sen. Eddie Fields, R-Wynona, as a floor substitute. It is still waiting to be heard by the full Senate.

Jim Oliver, the water district's general manager, said he wants to review the legislation before commenting but reiterated the district's desire to negotiate a water sale.

 

Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/03/09/2909795/legislation-may-allow-texas-to.html#ixzz1HLwzZY2W