VINITA – Monday the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma ruled that GRDA and the Oklahoma Water Resources Board were immune from a lawsuit filed in federal court.
Grand River Dam Authority officials said they were very pleased with Monday's court ruling, which dismissed the agency from a lawsuit challenging GRDA's jurisdiction of the waters of the Grand River.
The suit was filed in 2007 by some of GRDA's commercial raw water customers, who sought to prevent the agency from selling them water from Fort Gibson Lake, located on the Grand River in Northeast Oklahoma. Plaintiffs were also seeking restitution from GRDA, for water sales the agency had been making to the plaintiffs since the lake was first constructed in the early 1960s.
"We are very pleased with this ruling," said GRDA Chief Executive Officer Kevin Easley. "This agency's foundational responsibilities are built on the jurisdiction of the waters of the Grand River. The dismissal of this lawsuit helps to reinforce that position and will also allow us to protect the interests of our customers and the state of Oklahoma."