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Settlement says Red River determines Texas-Oklahoma border

The Associated Press - November 9, 2017 1:03 pm

DALLAS (AP) – Texas landowners who live along a river separating them from Oklahoma have reached a settlement with federal officials saying the Texas border lies with the meandering flow of the river.

A federal judge on Wednesday approved the terms that settle a long-running dispute involving the Bureau of Land Management and property owners along the Red River.

The landowners filed a 2015 lawsuit after agency surveyors set markers appearing to lay claim to private land.

The BLM had argued the river has shifted as much as 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) in some areas over the past century, and some of the dry land where the river once flowed belonged to the government.

Robert Henneke, a lawyer for the landowners, says the agency’s claims amounted to an unlawful federal land grab.

 

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