For Immediate Release: May 8, 2012
Lawmakers call GRDA plan an insult and assault on Northeastern
Eight legislators from Northeastern Oklahoma have
united to voice their opposition to the Grand River Dam Authority
Board (GRDA) of Directors’ plans to purchase an office building
in Tulsa. The lawmakers have sent a letter to the Board calling
the plan “an assault upon and insult to Northeastern Oklahoma.”
State Sen. Sean Burrage said the group is against the GRDA’s
planned purchase of a 40,000 square foot office building in Tulsa—a
community not served by the electric company.
“Since its very beginnings, GRDA has maintained its operations
in Northeastern Oklahoma. They’ve claimed they need an office
in Tulsa in able to recruit engineers and other positions, but
we’re just not buying it,” said Burrage, D-Claremore.
“We’ve seen recent growth at the Mid America Industrial
Park in Pryor and industries like Google who have announced major
investments here. To expand their operations outside of the area
GRDA serves is a slap in the face to all of us in Northeastern
Burrage said the lawmakers have requested that the letter be read
at the Wednesday, May 9 meeting of the GRDA Board of Directors.
Other lawmakers signing the letter include Sen. Charles Wyrick,
D-Fairland; Sen. Kim David, R-Porter; Sen. Jim Wilson, D-Tahlequah;
Rep. Larry Glenn, D-Miami; Rep. Ben Sherrer, D-Chouteau; Rep.
Chuck Hoskin, D-Vinita; and Rep. Doug Cox, R-Grove.
Letter to GRDA Board