Cole Applauds Passage of H.R. 1219, the Arbuckle Project Maintenance Complex and District Conveyance Act of 2015
December 7, 2016
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole released the following statement after passage of his legislation, H.R. 1219, the Arbuckle Project Maintenance Complex and District Conveyance Act of 2015. This bill was passed by a vote of 412-1 in the House. H.R. 1219 authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to convey all right, title and interest in the Maintenance Complex and District Office of the federal Arbuckle project to the Arbuckle Master Conservancy District in Murray County, Oklahoma.
“I was proud to sponsor this legislation, which will put ownership back in the hands where it belongs,” said Cole. “The Arbuckle Maintenance Complex provides numerous benefits to the surrounding areas including flood control, municipal water supply and many recreational water activities. The title of this complex will be given back to the county and serve as an Oklahoma stronghold."
In 1962, Congress passed a law to authorize payment of reimbursable costs for construction, operation and maintenance of the Bureau of Reclamation’s “Arbuckle Project” in south-central Oklahoma. Once conveyed, the federal government will be relieved of all future liability and financial responsibility related to the Arbuckle Project Maintenance Complex.
For more information on H.R. 1219, please click here.