U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, introduced fellow Oklahoman Scott Robinson—Port Director for the Muskogee City-County Port Authority—in a committee hearing yesterday entitled “America’s Water Infrastructure Needs and Challenges.”
Thank you Mr. Chairman, I appreciate the opportunity to invite Scott as a witness and introduce him to the committee. He has spent a lot of time in this business.
It’s not just the coastal states that we’re interested in. We are—in Oklahoma—America’s most inland warm water port. Now, the problem is, nobody knows it. Back when I was in the state Senate, back in the 70s, we conceived something—we were going to tell the whole world that we are navigable in Oklahoma.
So, the World War II submarine veterans came in and we worked a deal. They said “If you can procure a submarine, we figured out a way to get it all the way up from Texas to Oklahoma.” Now, we are talking about a submarine—the USS Batfish—it was the length of a football field. Nonetheless, we got them up there in your port—the Port of Muskogee—A 300 foot submarine that shows the world that we are, in fact, an inland port.
Scott, it’s nice to have you here. You have a tremendous background there. You’ve been the Port Director for the Muskogee City-County Port Authority for 28 years now.
With more than 1,000 acres of land within its jurisdiction, the port is poised to continue its growth and provide several transportation options for Oklahoma industries.
Scott has been active in the waterway community serving on a variety of related boards and commissions including the National Waterways Conference, the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council, and the Arkansas Oklahoma Port Operator’s Association. Scott, it is great to have you here today. You’ll bring a lot of knowledge to this meeting and I appreciate it.