7-23-05 - Oklahoma plans to appeal a judge's ruling that has the federal government seeking 64 million from the state. U.S. Senior District Judge James Ellison ruled in May that a 1974 contract between the federal government and Oklahoma's Water Conservation Storage Commission was enforceable.
Under the contract, Oklahoma was allowed to store water in
Clayton Lake. The southeastern Oklahoma lake is now known as Sardis
For the storage in the US Army Corps of Engineers' lake, the federal government sought annual payments from Oklahoma. But the federal government claims Oklahoma made six late payments and has only made two payments since 1990. An Army Corps of Engineers spokesman says federal officials are seeking 64 million dollars to pay for past and future lake usage.