Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Port of Catoosa Shipments Beat Expectations

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Port of Catoosa Shipments Beat Expectations

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Shipments at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa for June were better than expected, according to Jerry Goodwin, chairman of the City of Tulsa- Rogers County Port Authority.

The Oklahoma segment of the Arkansas River Navigation System was closed for two weeks because of the collapse of the Interstate 40 bridge.

Port of Catoosa shipments for the month totaled 160,000 tons in 86 barges, down from 162,000 tons in 102 barges in May and up from 138,000 tons in 85 barges in June 2001.

Shipments were the fifth highest for any June for the port, which opened in 1971.

"All things considered, June was a good month for shipping at the Port of Catoosa," Goodwin said. "There were large increases in outbound shipments of liquid fertilizer, miscellaneous grain products and asphalt shipments, but outbound wheat and inbound steel, pipe, fabricated equipment, dry fertilizer and molasses were down from the previous month."

Outbound shipments for the month totaled 105,000 tons in 51 barges, up from 80,000 tons in 45 barges in May and 72,000 tons in 39 barges in June 2001.

Inbound shipments for the month totaled 54,000 tons in 35 barges, down from 82,000 tons in 57 barges in May and 66,000 tons in 46 barges for June 2001.

For the first six months of 2002, shipments totaled 1.15 million tons, up 21 percent from 951,000 tons for the first six months of 2001.

Smoking rules

The Oklahoma Department of Health wants to move a lawsuit challenging new smoking rules to Oklahoma County.

Their motion to move the lawsuit from Creek County is the state's second attempt at changing jurisdiction. A federal judge earlier this month denied the state's request to move the lawsuit to federal court.

Health department attorney Charles Broadway said Oklahoma County is the proper venue because that's where the department and Gov. Frank Keating issued the rules, which require large restaurants with no-smoking sections to enclose and ventilate rooms where smoking is allowed. Restaurants that are "all-smoking" are not affected.

Benny Vanatta, lobbyist for the Oklahoma Restaurant Association, disagreed. "State law is clear in that we can make our challenge in any county where the rules are being implemented," Vanatta said.

Freddie's Barbecue and Steakhouse and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1320 sued the department and Keating, claiming the rules violate current state law governing public smoking. The lawsuit, filed in consultation with the restaurant association, also claims Keating and the department overstepped their rule-making authority.

Last week, the American Lung Association of Oklahoma sued the department, the restaurant association, Freddie's and the VFW. The group claims the rules and the state's smoking laws violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Grand Lake conflict

Despite complaints from some of Grand Lake residents, a committee of the Grand River Dam Authority has approved a dock permit waiver for a proposed $14 million development in Ketchum Cove in northeast Oklahoma. …

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