Attorney General Gentner Drummond lauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling yesterday in Sackett v. EPA, a decision that limits the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency.
At issue was the EPA’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule that had been opposed by Oklahoma and other states.
“I am pleased the U.S. Supreme Court has again reined in the excesses of the Biden Administration,” Drummond said. “At the urging of my office and 25 other states, the court today embraced a reasonable definition of ‘waters of the United States’ that respects the text and structure of the Clean Water Act. A contrary ruling, on the other hand, would have given the federal government far too much power throughout Oklahoma, and it would have undermined our own efforts at conservation.”
The decision held that the federal Clean Water Act extends only to wetlands that have a continuous surface connection with U.S. waters and can’t be distinguished from those waters. It reversed an earlier decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.