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Representative Ed Whitfield

Representing the 1st District of Kentucky

Whitfield Statement on Lake Cumberland

Jan 30, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY-01), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, today released the following statement regarding the plan by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that would delay the raising of water levels on Lake Cumberland:

“The bloated bureaucracy that exists under the Obama Administration is once again acting to the detriment of Kentuckians.  When the Corps first began construction on the Wolf Creek Dam cutoff wall, they made assurances that local businesses, lake levels, and marina owners would not be impacted. Not only did the Corps not fulfill their word on those matters, they were delayed in finishing construction and now are refusing to raise the lake levels to normal pool.

“This latest flip-flop by the Corps, regardless of how they have justified it, is disappointing.  I am calling on the Corps and the Fish and Wildlife to act swiftly to resolve this issue. Going forward, the people in the Lake Cumberland area have my word that I will explore all avenues and monitor this issue closely.”