Jim Inhofe OK Flooding His Neighbors to Keep Lake View - 2019-11-27
Sen Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), the powerful chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, tucked an amendment into the $750 billion defense spending bill that would benefit fellow wealthy homeowners at Grand Lake in northeast Oklahoma by keeping lake levels high but is expected to worsen flooding in nearby Miami, Okla.
The amendment, which starts on page 1,183 of the Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act, would limit the ability of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to say how high the lake should be. The Grand River Dam Authority, which has board members who also own lake houses, is licensed by the commission to operate the dam.
"He's helping his buddies to make sure the lake is full during summer so those very big boats do well," said Rebecca Jim of Local Environmental Action Demanded which put up a billboard in Miami criticizing Inhofe.