Newhouse Speaks in Support of Legislation to Protect Snake River Dams
WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, the House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on legislation co-sponsored by Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) to protect dams on the Snake River. H.R. 3144 would approve the Federal Columbia River Power System (FCRPS) Biological Opinion (BiOp) until 2022. This legislation would work to support the FCRPS, ensuring our dams stay in operation with the benefit they bring to the Pacific Northwest through the clean, renewable, and affordable energy while allowing salmon to recover at record rates. Jack W. Heffling of West Richland, President of United Power Trades Organization, testified at the hearing in support of the legislation. Rep. Newhouse released the following statement after testifying:
“Our communities depend on the Snake River dams as vital sources of clean, renewable, and affordable energy right here in the Pacific Northwest,” said Rep. Newhouse. “I applaud Jack Heffling for speaking up in support of maintaining these economic and energy assets, and I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to protect our dams and ensure that the current BiOp remains in effect until 2022.”
Jack W. Heffling of West Richland, President of United Power Trades Organization, testified at the hearing in support of the legislation. In prepared remarks for the Committee, Heffling stated:
“[T]he BiOp is working, is the most scientifically sound plan that can be incorporated, and no pressure from outside interest groups should change that. The Snake River dams are irreplaceable and are important not only to the people that live in our area, but to the Northwest as a whole. Removal would be disastrous, not only economically, but to the lifestyles of those who enjoy the recreational benefits they offer. No further money should be wasted on studying their removal or taking any actions that even simulate natural river flow. It took an Act of Congress to get these dams constructed. It should require an Act of Congress to remove them.”
The legislation was introduced by Pacific Northwest Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), Kurt Schrader (D-OR), and Greg Walden (R-OR).