McGee Creek Title Transfer Statement Upon Introduction

 
            Mr. INHOFE.  Mr. President, today I introduce legislation to authorize the title transfer of the McGee Creek Reservoir dam and its associated facilities, which are located approximately 20 miles southeast of Atoka, Oklahoma. 
 
My bill transfers title from the Bureau of Reclamation to the McGee Creek Authority. 
 
            The McGee Creek Authority is a trust of the State of Oklahoma.  This Oklahoma entity was established to develop, finance, operate, and maintain the water supply in the McGee Creek Reservoir.  Thus, the primary purpose is to provide a dependable “municipal and industrial” water supply for Oklahoma City, the City of Atoka, Atoka County, and the area represented by the Southern Oklahoma Development Trust.  The McGee Creek Authority currently operates the dam and associated facilities.
 
            This title transfer under this bill will allow Oklahoma City to make the necessary capital improvements and upgrades needed to assure the continued efficient operation of the Reservoir. 
 
This bill is responsible legislation that will end requests for federal funds and will protect the federal government from legal liabilities that could be incurred in their operation. 
 
            This legislation is the result of cooperation and coordination between Oklahoma City, the McGee Creek Authority, and the Bureau of Reclamation.  I thank the Bureau of Reclamation for their drafting service in preparing the legislation, as well as of course the Senate Legislative Counsel.  This legislation was requested by Mayor Mick Cornett of Oklahoma City, and I am happy to assist in this worthy cause.
 
            Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent to include in the Record the letter of request from Mayor Cornett.
 
I encourage my colleagues to join me in support of the bill. 
 
Thank you.
 
Mr. President, I yield the floor.