President of grain company with local ties petitions congressmen, administration

Enid- Lew Meibergen, president of Johnston Enterprises Inc., of Enid, recently returned from attending the Budget Summit of the national Waterways Conference, (NWC).

Meibergen visited with congressmen and senators as well as administration officials, to discuss the importance of fully funding the McClellan-Kerr Navigation System, (Port of Catoosa) to a twelve foot draft so that it can continue to provide economic and environmental benefits to the community and regional area. The dredging operation is estimated to cost $5.5 billion in 2005 and $6.6 billion in 2006 and would deepen the navigation channel from its present nine feet of depth. The additional three feet of depth would allow an increase of 46 percent on barge tonnage.

President Bush's recent FY2005 Budget request for the Army Corps of Engineers totals only $4.215 billion for all of their projects.

The McClelland-Kerr is vital to the operation of companies such as: Terra Chemical, Great Lakes Carbon, Koch Industries, Conoco Petroleum, W.B, Johnston Grain, Wheeler Brothers Grain, Metals USA, Fertilizer Dealers, all Grain Cooperatives, Farmers and Ranchers, from Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma.