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Oklahoma lawmakers move to protect key water source

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- There is a renewed effort to save the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer.

The Oklahoma Senate has taken action on a pair of bills dealing with the study of southern Oklahoma's largest water source.

"If anything happened, like contamination, 50 percent of the drinking water it currently provides would no longer be available," state Sen. Greg McCortney (R-Ada) said in a written statement. "It’s crucial we have solid data that will help us be the best stewards possible of this resource."

McCortney authored both proposals. Senate Bill 568 would create the mechanism to fund the study; the Senate endorsed it Wednesday in a 40-2 vote.

Senate Bill 702 puts a temporary hold on new mining permits around the aquifer until the study is compete; it was approved by the Senate in a 58-8 vote on Wednesday.

Both bills will now be considered by the House.

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