Texas takes water feud with New Mexico to US Supreme Court

Posted at: 01/08/2013 2:19 PM
By: JUAN CARLOS LLORCA Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Texas has sued New Mexico at the U.S. Supreme Court in a fight over water from the Rio Grande.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality says the suit was filed Tuesday after negotiations with New Mexico were unsuccessful.

TCEQ says New Mexico is violating the 1938 Rio Grande Compact that governs how water is shared by Texas, New Mexico and Colorado.

TCEQ accuses New Mexico of allowing illegal diversions of surface and underground water. Officials say those diversions take away water from Texas farmers and residents in El Paso.

Texas officials say they tried to negotiate a solution earlier, only to have New Mexico initiate legal action on the same day as their meetings.

Officials in New Mexico did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

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