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Congressman Robert Hurt today released the following statement after the House Committee on Appropriations approved legislation which included a provision authored by Congressman Hurt to further address the concerns brought to him by 5th District Virginians relating to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) negatively impacting their land value and private property rights. This legislation is now one step closer to becoming law:

“I am pleased that the Committee has included this critical provision to address the concerns brought to me by constituents from Smith Mountain Lake and Bedford, Franklin, and Pittsylvania counties. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s actions have affected many 5th District Virginians with unnecessary costs and burdens while exercising regulatory authority absent consideration of private property rights. I have introduced the SHORE Act – a bill that would ensure private property rights are taken into consideration as FERC exercises authority relating to federally regulated hydropower projects. The provision approved today is yet another step in the right direction. In addressing 5th District Virginians’ concerns, this provision affirms that Congress will exercise oversight to ensure that FERC is taking meaningful steps to protect the use and enjoyment of private property when regulating federal hydropower projects such as Smith Mountain Lake. I remain committed to working on behalf of the people of the 5th District to ensure that they are not negatively impacted by unnecessary federal regulations.”