Deepwater hosted Governor Stitt, on July 31, 2019, at our Woodward, OK manufacturing site.  The governor launched his Top Ten Cabinet tour in Woodward, OK.  This tour allows the governor and his cabinet the opportunity to discuss the progress being made in our state during Stitt’s administration.  Members of the Governor’s Cabinet include: Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell, Secretary of Tourism and Branding; Steve Buck, Secretary of Human Services and Early Childhood; Lisa Billy, Secretary of Native American Affairs; Tim Gatz, Secretary of Transportation; John Budd, Secretary of Agency Accountability; David Ostrowe, Secretary of Digital Transformation and Administration; Sean Kouplen, Secretary of Commerce; Ken Wagner, Secretary of Energy and Environment; Blayne Arthur, Secretary of Agriculture; Mike Mazzei, Secretary of Budget; Michael Rogers, Secretary of State and Education; Chip Keating, Secretary of Public Safety; Jerome Loughridge, Secretary of Health and Mental Health; Kayse Shrum, Secretary of Science and Innovation; and Ben Robinson, Secretary of Military and Veterans Affairs.

During Governor Stitt’s visit, Deepwater Chemicals was able to educate them on the iodine-rich brine located in Northwest Oklahoma.  Although, Iodine can be found in other areas in the United States, Oklahoma is the only state who produces Iodine.  Most of the world’s iodine comes from three areas:  the Chilean desert nitrate mines, and the oil and gas fields in Japan and Northwest Oklahoma.  The Morrow formation, more specifically the Woodward Trench, is part of the oil and gas field American Anadarko Basin extends from the Texas Panhandle into Western Oklahoma, southwestern Kansas and southeastern Colorado, according to the OGS (Oklahoma Geological Society geologist Stan Krukowski).

What is Iodine?   Wikipedia’s definition, Iodine is a chemical element with the symbol I and atomic number 53. The heaviest of the stable halogens, it exists as a lustrous, purple-black non-metallic solid at standard conditions that melts to form a deep violet liquid at 114 degrees Celsius, and boils to a violet gas at 184 degrees Celsius. The element was discovered by the French chemist Bernard Courtois in 1811. It was named two years later by Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac from this property, after the Greek ἰώδης “violet-coloured”.

Why is Iodine Important?  Iodine is essential to our body’s thyroid health.  Lack of iodine can create hormone imbalances, which can result in a goiter.  Another result of iodine deficiency disease is intellectual disability. Intellectual disability results from insufficient iodine in the diets of pregnant women and young children.  In both cases iodine is necessary for brain development particularly in human embryos.  Adding iodine to salt provides a readily available supplement to the human diet and a way of overcoming iodine deficiency.

Traditional uses of iodine include pharmaceuticals, human and animal feed, germicides, x-ray contrast media, LCDs, LEDs, paints and coatings.

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