U.S. SENATE —U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester’s bipartisan bills to protect Montanans way of life today passed the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
The committee today passed the reinstatement and an extension of a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license for Clark Canyon Dam Hydro Project in Dillon, (S. 491) Montana and an extension of the FERC license for the Gibson Dam Hydro Project near Augusta, Montana (S.490).
The committee also passed S. 117, bill to honor the life of renowned Montana conservationist, Alex Diekmann, by naming an unnamed 9,765-foot peak as “Alex Diekmann Peak”.
“In Montana, we know the importance of protecting our environment and expanding made-in-Montana energy,” Daines stated. “It’s great to see forward progress on developing our abundance of natural resources and honoring Alex Diekmann, a true Montana conservationist.”
“Moving Montana made energy projects forward will create good-paying jobs in our rural communities,” Tester said. “These bipartisan bills will strengthen Montana’s outdoor economy and heritage. After dedicating his life to protecting and expanding access to our public lands, I am thrilled to see progress towards renaming this peak after Alex Diekmann, a champion of Montana’s public lands.”
More information on the economic benefits of the hydroelectric projects is available HERE.