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House Passes Cole Bill to Bolster Lake Thunderbird

June 5, 2012
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 3263 - Lake Thunderbird Efficient Use Act, a bill he authored to 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. 

"Lake Thunderbird was built to provide water to a water-starved region, and this legislation would help achieve that crucial goal.  Central Oklahoma is thriving, but we need a stable supply of water to continue to grow.  This bill ensures we'll have the water we need, at no cost to taxpayers.  I'm pleased the House has passed this commonsense solution, and I look forward to working with Senator Inhofe to achieve prompt Senate passage."