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house Bill H.R. 2274

Should the Feds Offer Longer Extensions for Hydropower Construction Permits?

Argument in favor

Hydropower is one of the few carbon-free energy sources that provides reliable electricity, and development of this clean energy is hampered by burdensome regulation that would be alleviated by this bipartisan bill.

Eva's Opinion
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06/11/2017
Allowing for more time to build these plants allows constructors to consider environmental impacts more thoroughly and put us on the path toward clean energy
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KYvoter1's Opinion
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06/11/2017
This bill has nothing to do with promoting one energy source over another. It simply makes the construction process for hydro a little more efficient. Good bill to pass.
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Ticktock's Opinion
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06/11/2017
Sounds like a good idea but begs a question: Why was the construction of the dam not started during the initial licensed period? Also like the dam in California who's spillway was almost undercut during the heavy heavy rains this year, dams carry their own dangers. They are usually constructed above population areas, require maintenance which often is not done, and if one dam fails those people and dams below it are jeopardized as well. Dams sound good but.... Why not solar and wind power? There are areas where those renewable resources could be harvested safer.
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Argument opposed

There shouldn’t be a need to lengthen the existing extensions available to builders in the hydropower construction permitting process.

Laura's Opinion
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06/12/2017
While I support the pursuit of clean energy this bill makes me nervous for a couple of reasons: 1. Anytime Congress starts talking about matters that impact the environment and deregulation in the same sentence there is cause to pause, step back and take a much closer look. The same is true here. 2. While hydropower is "clean energy" it does not come without significant cost and risks. Dams can have real consequences for both ecosystems and local communities. One of the things in particular that bothers me about this proposal is how long projects can be extended. Under this bill by the time a contractor goes to work previous environmental and community impact studies could no longer be reflective of current conditions. 3. This just seems too vague and too much like a bureaucratic rubber stamp. I understand delays happen (especially in construction) and that there needs to be a way to address them, but I have too many questions about how this bill would be applied and whether it would truly be in the best interest of the environment and local communities to support it right now. There probably is a need for change, but I'm not convinced this bill is the best response. I also have a question about cost. We all know the longer a construction project drags on the more it usually ends up costing. Who absorbs those costs? Surely doesn't seem right if it is the government or local communities.
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Audrey's Opinion
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06/11/2017
We have seen the damage done by many dams in the Pacific Northwest that are now being deconstructed in an effort to improve the environment. The biggest fear is that the "lack of oversight and regulation" will permit some to proceed without sufficient environmental studies and the harm that is more than possible with a poorly thought out plan. Reminder of what happened recently in Missouri during massive flooding planes around nuclear plant. That should be a consideration, not ignored which is what 'fewer regulations / oversight ' which is what will happen.
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Lisa's Opinion
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06/11/2017
Although hydropower is a "clean" source of energy, it has enormous environmental impacts, primarily changing thr ecosystem. I think it would be wise to pusue other, less damaging forms of clean energy.
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    Allowing for more time to build these plants allows constructors to consider environmental impacts more thoroughly and put us on the path toward clean energy
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    While I support the pursuit of clean energy this bill makes me nervous for a couple of reasons: 1. Anytime Congress starts talking about matters that impact the environment and deregulation in the same sentence there is cause to pause, step back and take a much closer look. The same is true here. 2. While hydropower is "clean energy" it does not come without significant cost and risks. Dams can have real consequences for both ecosystems and local communities. One of the things in particular that bothers me about this proposal is how long projects can be extended. Under this bill by the time a contractor goes to work previous environmental and community impact studies could no longer be reflective of current conditions. 3. This just seems too vague and too much like a bureaucratic rubber stamp. I understand delays happen (especially in construction) and that there needs to be a way to address them, but I have too many questions about how this bill would be applied and whether it would truly be in the best interest of the environment and local communities to support it right now. There probably is a need for change, but I'm not convinced this bill is the best response. I also have a question about cost. We all know the longer a construction project drags on the more it usually ends up costing. Who absorbs those costs? Surely doesn't seem right if it is the government or local communities.
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    We have seen the damage done by many dams in the Pacific Northwest that are now being deconstructed in an effort to improve the environment. The biggest fear is that the "lack of oversight and regulation" will permit some to proceed without sufficient environmental studies and the harm that is more than possible with a poorly thought out plan. Reminder of what happened recently in Missouri during massive flooding planes around nuclear plant. That should be a consideration, not ignored which is what 'fewer regulations / oversight ' which is what will happen.
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    Although hydropower is a "clean" source of energy, it has enormous environmental impacts, primarily changing thr ecosystem. I think it would be wise to pusue other, less damaging forms of clean energy.
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    Clean energy all the way
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    This bill has nothing to do with promoting one energy source over another. It simply makes the construction process for hydro a little more efficient. Good bill to pass.
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    Sounds like a good idea but begs a question: Why was the construction of the dam not started during the initial licensed period? Also like the dam in California who's spillway was almost undercut during the heavy heavy rains this year, dams carry their own dangers. They are usually constructed above population areas, require maintenance which often is not done, and if one dam fails those people and dams below it are jeopardized as well. Dams sound good but.... Why not solar and wind power? There are areas where those renewable resources could be harvested safer.
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    Evidently there is a need to lengthen the existing extensions available to builders in the hydropower construction permitting process or this bill would not have been proposed. Making it easier to facilitate construction of this greener energy technology should be a no-brainer.
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    We have many other ways to produce clean energy. Dams do not emit co2 or methane but it can and does damage ecosystem.
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    Despite potential environmental issues that dams (especially those not adequately maintained) might create, we need to move toward energy sources other than fossil fuels.
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    Clean energy is what we need to pursue. Giving an extra year is the right thing to do
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    Hydro is a great alternative but also the environment that a dam will impact must be fully investigated to enter the least amount of damage is done to the environment
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    Yes...a "no brainer"...👍
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    Hydropower is one of the few carbon-free energy sources that provides reliable electricity, and development of this clean energy is hampered by burdensome regulation that would be alleviated by this bipartisan bill.
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    Hydropower is an awesome source of energy. It's clean, and lots of jobs in order to build them.
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    Oh, boo hoo, poor companies who have their hands tied because of all those pesky restrictions. They forget that the restrictions are there because of the things they've done that daged environments and ecosystems. Kill a salmon run, wipe out a town or two, and people dand restrictions.
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    Less regulation on dams is bad policy.
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    Construction permit's should NEVER be handled by anyway on the federal level. All construction permit's should be carried out by state and city governments. The 10 amendment to the Constitution gives States rights to choose what to do and what not to do.
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    Many dams have displaced many native Americans from their tribal lands with total disregard. Hydro power is carbon free but the disenfranchised tribes need to have a voice when their land is involved
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    Reduce all regulations.
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