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Summary of the Formal Hearing for the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer

Arbuckle-Simpson The Formal Hearing for the Tentative Determination of Maximum Annual Yield for the Arbuckle-Simpson Groundwater Basin (TMAY Hearing) was held at the Murray County Expo Center on May 15th and 16th. CPASA joined a number of other parties supporting the TMAY Determination approved by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB), including the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the City of Ada, the City of Durant, the City of Sulphur, the City of Tishomingo, the Oklahoma Chapter of the Sierra Club, and approximately 300 local citizens.

Appearing in opposition to the TMAY Determination was the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Legal Foundation, Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Pontotoc County Farm Bureau, Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, Oklahoma Aggregates Association, Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, TXI, U.S. Silica, Environmental Federation of Oklahoma, Inc., and Arbuckle-Simpson Environmental Federation of Oklahoma, Inc. (herein “Corporate Interests”). Other opposition included the Arbuckle-Simpson Landowners Group and a number of individuals.

The Corporate Interests hired three experts to attack the OWRB’s TMAY Determination, although only two experts actually testified, in an effort to unravel Senate Bill 288 and to call into question the six-year, multi-million dollar, peer-reviewed scientific study conducted by the OWRB, U.S. Geologic Survey, and others. CPASA and other supporters vigorously defended the scientific study, which is the most comprehensive and detailed investigation of any groundwater basin in the State of Oklahoma.

Others in opposition to the TMAY Determination argued it was a wrongful taking of private property. However, the Supreme Court of Oklahoma has long held the OWRB’s regulation of groundwater is constitutional and thus not a takings of private property rights. CPASA’s position on the issue remains the same—the TMAY Determination protects private property rights. Without a final maximum annual yield (MAY) determination, the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer’s groundwater is in danger of being drained by over-pumping. Thus, CPASA believes that the TMAY Determination—and, ultimately, the final MAY determination—protects private property rights by ensuring property owners always have groundwater beneath their land.

The administrative record will remain open until May 31st. Accordingly, if you were unable to attend the TMAY Hearing, you may still submit comments to the OWRB until 5:00 pm, May 31, 2012. After the record closes, the Hearing Examiner will review the information presented and submit a formal recommendation to the OWRB on whether the TMAY Determination should be approved. After the recommendation is made, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board shall then make a final determination on the maximum annual yield for the Arbuckle-Simpson Groundwater Basin.

This info and photo was provided to us by Citizens For The Protection Of The Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer (CPASA). Please contact CPASA for more info.

Made in Oklahoma Coalition launches iPhone app

Free mobile application will help Oklahomans locate MIO products, restaurants and recipes

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahomans now have a new tool to learn more about Made in Oklahoma Coalition (MIO) products, restaurants and recipes with the launch of the MIO iPhone app.

The application is free to download from iTunes and includes categorized lists of MIO products, a directory of MIO recipes, a MIO restaurant locator and general information about the coalition. The app also allows you to share any of its features through email, Twitter or Facebook.

“The MIO iPhone app will make it much easier for Oklahomans to support local companies, products and restaurants,” said MIO Market Development Coordinator Sharra Martin. “We also hope the app will increase awareness of and support for MIO on social media channels.”

The MIO restaurant locator shows maps, addresses, phone numbers and directions to find MIO restaurants. Users can search for new recipe ideas, grouped by categories, on the recipe feature. Colorful photographs of MIO dishes help users identify great meal ideas and easy-to-read recipes to follow while cooking or grocery shopping.

Oklahoma Chef Robert Black with A Good Egg Dining Group helped develop the app.

“Restaurants depend so much on the support of the community,” Black said. “This app will make it easier for Oklahomans to find restaurants that serve dishes made from local products.”

The product tab helps users find MIO items by food categories so they can support local companies that produce Oklahoma-made products.

“We have a lot of support from people wanting to buy local products and support our partners,” said Jerry Dyer, MIO president. “This mobile app gives people easy access to all the great products and services MIO companies have to offer.”

Download the app by visiting http://www.miocoalition.com/mioapp/.

Made in Oklahoma Coalition (MIO)
The Made in Oklahoma Coalition promotes brand awareness and consumer loyalty for Oklahoma food and agricultural products through collective marketing for the purpose of increasing sales, maintaining business retention and expanding Oklahoma’s food and agricultural processing sector. MIO represents more than 30 Oklahoma food and agricultural manufacturers that employ over 20,000 Oklahomans statewide. The coalition is supported by both private and public funds. For more information, please visit www.miocoalition.com.