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77 Series: Murray County

                                                           Hurray Murray

    My name is Bevon Rogers and I am running for U.S. Senate in 2020 as a Democrat. In order to support me in the Primary Election on June 30th, you will have to be a registered Democrat because Oklahoma has closed primaries. I have been closely examining each county in Oklahoma to discover where the weak links are in our state’s economy and I have compiled each economic essay in a project called the 77 Series. You can find the series on my campaign website, My primary focus is on Oklahoma economy, but in Oklahoma’s fourth congressional district, my focus is on building our industry through expansion in our meat processing industry. Our endeavor for congressional district four is called Project D4 and the objective is multifaceted; we will increase our focus on citizen education and we will build a beef processing complex to supply our state’s domestic consumption of beef; we will also expand into Texas cattle markets. Lastly, we will develop Carter County’s ideal positon as a distribution hub through building a broadcasting equipment assembly plant in Ardmore.
    How does Murray County fit into the scope of Project D4? By doing what the county does best; they farm their lush agriculture lands and provide the nation with some of the best agriculture products, they mine their natural resources, and they build on their tourism. Murray County is a unique area in which the small county has an abundance of activity; the tourism is a major benefit for the community and the Chickasaw Nation has built the Artesian Hotel in Sulphur and it serves as an oasis for those seeking a quiet place to relax and regroup. Murray County is also included in the area known as “Hereford Heaven” and I would like for the ranching community to know that we plan to bring a beef processing complex to McClain County. I believe this to be an ideal location for building a state of the art meat processing facility, a packaging plant, as well as a distribution operation to satisfy our state consumption requirements for beef.
     I also plan to expand our market participation in hog and poultry markets but like most things that require change, we will need to be represented in legislation to ensure we are able to overcome any obstacle that should be presented while we build industrial Oklahoma. I have not come across many mining operations in Oklahoma’s fourth congressional district and I was surprised at the amount of small time mining companies located in Murray County. This leads me to the discussion on Oklahoma mining. What exactly are we mining and what are we not mining? We have abundant mineral resources, but I am not confident that we are maximizing our economic opportunity that these valuable resources command on a global market.
     To begin this conversation, I must make it known that there are too many industries that operate in our state under what appears to be a “cloak”. What I mean by this is that large out of state corporations are building operations in our state with little oversight and this is creating numerous issues. This is occurring in agriculture as well as mineral production, but for this essay, we will focus on our mineral and metal ore situation. As a state, Oklahoma has large deposits of high quality gypsum, limestone, zinc, lead, asphalt, and some less pronounced deposits, but these are the majors.
     What our problem is, and this is true for our timber, hogs, and poultry, is that we are not stopping outside interest from dominating our state industry; this causes our state industry to completely collapse and this cannot be allowed. Our legislators must stand up for the citizens who participate in these failing or already failed industries. It does not make economic sense to allow a large corporation to set up operations in Oklahoma and extract our natural resources and send them elsewhere to be used in manufacturing processes. Raw materials manufacturing, known as industry, is what fuels an economy; industry and raw materials production is the fundamental layer of an economy and it must be protected first and foremost.
      We one made our own construction materials from our gypsum, but then U.S. Gypsum Corporation took over and I will be investigating what exactly transpired and why Oklahomans are not making our own construction materials from gypsum. Also, we are losing billions of dollars a year as a nation by exporting our metal ores and importing the refined metals. One argument for this is the fact that metal refining is environmentally damaging. Actually, this is not necessarily the case in 2020 and other countries are successfully refining metals with no environmental impact. Where environmental impact is occurring in the world today is in developing areas that forgo environment cleanliness for economic gain. Oklahoma knows better know and we will be working diligently to clean up our state for good.
      On top of cleaning up our environmental hazards like the chat piles in Ottawa County, we will not allow new industries to impact our environment. Corporations can no longer make their home in Oklahoma and think they have less environmental conscious than somewhere else. Protecting our environment is one of my top concerns and I wanted to clarify this before moving forward with metal refining. In our state, we have an opportunity to capture the mined metal ores throughout the nation and to build a metal refinery in the state. We have waterways and railways to carry the heavy raw material, we just need to focus on what metals and then build the environmentally friendly facility to smelt the metals and refine the ores.
     This will prove to be economically beneficial and we will help the United States recover from some of its trade deficit by providing this service. It will also create hundreds of high paying jobs and is something we must consider. The actual construction of this facility is still in debate as we may need to share industry with Kansas or Arkansas considering we are building a beef processing plant, a 3,000,000 barrel a day crude oil refinery and expanding the Federal Oil Reserves in Cushing. Either way, we will be reopening our mines in Ottawa County once we clean the chat debris.

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