November 16, 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) yesterday cosponsored an amendment offered by U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) to H.R. 2354, the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2012. This amendment assists homeowners by modifying the Federal Power Act to require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to take private land ownership into consideration when approving licenses for dams.
Without this amendment, homeowners that reside in Grand Lake, Okla. and near other bodies of water are at risk of losing their properties if the FERC determine they live within project boundaries.
“This amendment is imperative to protecting homeowners that reside near lakes regulated by FERC,” said Inhofe. “In Oklahoma, there are thousands of residents currently residing at Grand Lake, and the potential threat of forcing some of these homeowners to demolish their homes to protect the left-wing environmentalists’ agenda is unacceptable. I support this amendment because it will protect Grand Lake homeowners from the overreaching federal bureaucracy. I will continue to look for other ways to accomplish the same goal.”