State Water Board approves controversial long-term groundwater permits for two Delaware County poultry operations

Though a video of Tuesday's meeting was initially posted on the Oklahoma Water Resources Board's Facebook page, the video was later removed from the agency's page.
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In poultry water case, ruling opens door to challenge farms’ long-term water permits

Attorneys say the recent ruling by a Delaware County judge opens the door to challenging long-term groundwater permits that have been issued to the large poultry farms in eastern Oklahoma over the last few years.
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Judge: state water board ignored anti-water pollution requirements, abused its discretion and ignored pollution complaints

“The Court concludes that irreparable environmental harm is likely to result through the OWRB permitting the use of water without the agency undertaking any review of the potential adverse consequences of such use,” wrote Delaware County District Judge Barry Denney.
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Grand River Dam Authority board authorizes sale of Vinita headquarters

Also on Tuesday, U.S. Senate sent a bill to the President to sign that contains a controversial provision that would remove Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authority over flood control issues caused by GRDA’s Pensacola Dam.
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Testimony ends as Delaware County residents seek injunction against permits for poultry farm

The lawsuit comes after a significant increase in poultry operations in eastern Oklahoma — especially in Delaware County — beginning in late 2017 after Simmons Foods announced its plans to build a new poultry processing facility in Gentry, Ark.
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Illinois River watershed committee holds first meeting, eyes water quality credit program

The co-founder of Save the Illinois River said Arkansas’ acknowledgement of Oklahoma’s .037 mg/L phosphorus limit was a huge step forward, but that he hoped the agreement between the two states did not result in another study that yields little or no improvement in water quality.
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Grand River Dam Authority looking to sell its Vinita headquarters, build new facility near Chouteau

A notice on the GRDA's website states the public utility will conduct a sealed-offer sale for the property at 10 a.m. on Nov. 12.
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GRDA board approves cost increase for firm planning Illinois River white water park

The $585,000 change order to Denver, Colo.,-based engineering and design firm Merrick & Company, which was hired through a no-bid contract in 2018, is a more than 50 percent increase from the original $1.1 million contract to plan out a white water rafting park near the Oklahoma-Arkansas border.
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Judge to decide fate of Kiamichi River, Sardis Lake water lawsuit

The attorney for the landowners asked that the judge sit by the river while considering the case, because “I think the river will have something to say.”
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Delaware County residents ask judge to stop water board from issuing short-term permits to poultry farm

The lawsuit alleges that OWRB’s issuance of multiple short-term groundwater permits since 2018 violated the plaintiffs’ rights.
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