Senators Inhofe & Coburn respond to Dr Cox’s “Thank you FERC (Not)”
Recently, many constituents have again contacted us with concerns over the annual lowering of lake levels at Grand Lake prior to the Labor Day holiday weekend. Some of these concerns were expressed by State Representative Doug Cox. Unfortunately, he may have misunderstood the responsibilities of the agencies involved, and therefore blamed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Because Grand Lake serves many purposes, including hydropower, recreation, tourism, fish and wildlife, and flood control, these varied purposes often conflict with each other. The Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) is the entity responsible for balancing all local needs, consistent with local, State and federal laws. In our capacities as U.S. Senators we have consistently sought to facilitate local conflict resolution between the Oklahomans most affected by the management of Grand Lake and GRDA.
Whether it is the lake levels or the millet seed program, these issue must be addressed by Oklahomans and not by Washington, D.C., politicians and bureaucrats. We all agree we don’t need Washington, D.C., telling us how to manage Grand Lake. That is why we believe it is in the best interests of everyone for GRDA to develop a plan to balance the needs of all users of Grand Lake and submit it to FERC for approval. We stand ready to support any agreed-upon plan to FERC. Until that time, the lake will be managed in accordance with the current policies.
Senator Jim Inhofe and Dr. Tom Coburn
Editors Note: The Grand Lake Business Journal was contacted by Senator Jim Inhofe’s office yesterday regarding the lake level comment we recently posted by State Representative Doug Cox, MD. The Journal was asked to publish the above response.
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