WASHINGTON, D.C. – Citing the need to protect homeowners that reside near our nation’s lakes and rivers from overreaching government bureaucracy, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) sponsored S. 1988, Supporting Home Owner Rights Enforcement (SHORE) Act of 2011, introduced today by U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.).
This legislation amends the Federal Power Act to include private land ownership as a consideration that the Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC) must take into account when approving licenses for dams. Currently, no protections are explicitly in place to assist homeowners that reside in Grand Lake, Okla. and near other bodies of water if FERC determines they live within project boundaries. Because these statutory protections are not in place, FERC has aggressively pursued an environmental agenda that aims to limit private landowner rights near FERC projects.
“We must protect our nation’s homeowners that reside near bodies of water from the this burdensome government bureaucracy that is beholden to the environmentalist agenda of Washington liberals,” said Inhofe. “S. 1988 is a necessary solution to help these homeowners against the continued threats of FERC. This legislation would protect the property rights of individuals, including the thousands of residents currently living on Grand Lake.”
The introduction of S. 1988 comes after an amendment offered by Blunt failed to be included in H.R. 2354, the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2012.