Arkansas Congressional Delegation Meets With Energy Secretary Over Power Grid

Dec 10, 2015

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Members of the Arkansas Congressional delegation, all Republicans, met Thursday with U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz to discuss concerns about the proposed Plains and Eastern Clean Line Transmission Project.

The roughly 700 mile power grid would move wind energy from Oklahoma, through Arkansas to Tennessee.

In a statement, Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton and Representatives Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack and Bruce Westerman said:

We appreciate Secretary Moniz listening to our concerns about the the Plains and Eastern Clean Line Transmission Project and the use of section 1222 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to implement this project. We continue to have serious concerns that this project erodes the rights of local communities and the State of Arkansas to have a seat at the table in the decision making process.

Earlier this month, Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton placed a hold on the confirmation vote of a Department of Energy nominee citing insufficient responses to their questions.