Lawmakers seeking more feedback
WASHINGTON — All four U.S. Representatives and both U.S. senators who represent Arkansas joined Rep. Lamar Alexander and requested Tuesday that the Department of Energy (DOE) extend the comment period for the need and feasibility review of the Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission project.
U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) of Dardanelle — along with Congressmen Rick Crawford (AR-01), French Hill (AR-02), Steve Womack (AR-03) and Bruce Westerman (AR-04) — stated in a letter to Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz that a minimum of 60 additional days for comments citing inadequate communication to let stakeholders know they can submit their input on the project.
The members wrote “the Department is engaged in a new process that justifies a deliberative and thorough review, with greater transparency and public participation. The 45-day comment period has proven inadequate.”