Oversight Field Hearing on "Evaporating Prosperity: How Federal Actions Are Driving Up Water and Power Costs, Threatening Jobs and Leaving Arizonans High and Dry"
Monday, June 4, 2012 10:00 AM
Subcommittee on Water and Power
House Hearing Room 3, Arizona State Capitol, 1700 West Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona


SUBCOMMITTEE ON WATER AND POWER
House Hearing Room 3, Arizona State Capitol, 1700 West Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona
Monday, June 4, 2012
10:00 a.m. Mountain Standard Time

OVERSIGHT HEARING ON:

  • "Evaporating Prosperity: How Federal Actions Are Driving Up Water and Power Costs, Threatening Jobs and Leaving Arizonans High and Dry"
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OPENING STATEMENT:

The Honorable Tom McClintock
Chairman

The Honorable Paul Gosar
Subcommittee Member

WITNESSES AND TESTIMONY:

Panel I

The Honorable Gregory Mendoza
Governor
Gila River Indian Community
Sacaton, Arizona

The Honorable Gail Griffin
Senator
Arizona State Senate
Hereford, Arizona

The Honorable Amanda A. Reeve
District 6 Representative
Arizona House of Representatives
Phoenix, Arizona

The Honorable Doug Von Gausig
Mayor
City of Clarkdale, Arizona

Nicole Horseherder, Dine'
To Nizhoni Ani
Kykotsmovi, Arizona
(Truth in Testimony Form)

P. Andrew Groseta
President
Arizona Cattlemen’s Association
Cottonwood, Arizona
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Tom Jones
Chief Executive Officer
Grand Canyon State Electric Cooperative Association
Tempe, Arizona
(Truth in Testimony Form)

John Sullivan
Associate General Manager & Chief Resources Executive
Salt River Project
Phoenix, Arizona
(Truth in Testimony Form)

BACKGROUND:

This hearing, requested by Reps. Paul Gosar (AZ-1), Trent Franks (AZ-2), Ben Quayle (AZ-3), David Schweikert (AZ-5) and Jeff Flake (AZ-6), will examine federal water and power actions that threaten Arizona’s economy and jobs and potential remedies to those actions. A number of federal actions, regulations and decisions would undermine water supplies and raise electricity rates in Arizona.  This field hearing will focus on the Navajo Generating Station, the March 16, 2012 memo from Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and recently announced operational changes to Glen Canyon Dam, and the impact of declining forest health on water and power supplies. These issues not only have impacts on Arizonans but are microcosms of larger west-wide and nationwide issues. The Subcommittee will hear from one panel of local, non-federal witnesses.

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