An Arkansas Congressional delegation of two senators and four congressmen wrote a letter to the Department of Energy challenging the statutory enactment of the Energy Policy Act.
Rather than sending a letter, the Delegation would be far better off obtaining relief in the form of statutory modification. However, the lip service provided by the Delegation will at least put them in good standing with the locals until the locals realize nothing will occur to protect them until legislation is passed.
“The Department of Energy’s use of eminent domain with a private third-party company to construct an interstate electrical power line has been opposed by the entire Arkansas congressional delegation on the grounds of state’s rights and private property rights.In a nine-page letter to Department of Energy Ernest Moniz on Monday, Arkansas’ two senators and four congressmen state Section 1222 in the 2005 Energy Policy Act should not apply to Houston-based Clean Line Energy’s proposal to build a 700-mile high-voltage, direct-current transmission line through Arkansas from wind turbine farms in west Oklahoma and Kansas.U.S. Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton — along with U.S. Reps. Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack and Bruce Westerman — are asking Moniz to address their detailed concerns about the federal government’s possible “unprecedented partnership” with a third party to construct the electrical transmission project through Arkansas.“This Project does not appear to meet the statutory requirements of Section 1222, and we believe a state-level review of many serious concerns is necessary,” the delegation letter states. “Therefore, the Department should not approve the use of Section 1222 to carry out the Project.” – See more at: http://swtimes.com/news/arkansas-congressional-delegation-questions-energy-secretary#sthash.vYUAluFQ.dpuf“