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Justices consider if water rights pact sinks diversion bid

WASHINGTON – A dispute between two states over water rights has turned into one of the most factually and legally complex cases before the U.S. Supreme Court this term. During oral arguments Tuesday in Tarrant Regional Water District v. Herrmann, the justices had to wrangle with principles of federal preemption, constitutional interpretation and contract law – all to decide whether a Texas state agency has the right to divert water from an Oklahoma groundwater source.


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