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Cole's Lake Thunderbird Bill Advances in House

February 29, 2012
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the House Committee on Natural Resources favorably reported H.R. 3263, the Lake Thunderbird Efficient Use Act:

"We're now one step closer to ensuring Central Oklahoma's water needs are met. The Lake Thunderbird Efficient Use Act would supply much-needed water at no added cost to taxpayers. Solving the water shortage is vital to the area's continued economic growth, and there's a very good chance my bill will be signed into law soon. The further deterioration in lake conditions since this legislation was introduced highlights the need for action."

H.R. 3263, which Rep. Cole introduced in October 2011, would allow Lake Thunderbird to acquire and store water from outside the Bureau of Reclamation system. Any cost associated with this action would be paid for by the Central Oklahoma Master Conservancy District. The legislation has also been passed out of committee in the Senate.