us army corp 300FRANKFORT, KY (4/10/13) – U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, today blasted the United States Army Corps of Engineers for refusing to provide answers to Whitfield’s inquiries on the Corps’ rationale behind their plan to prohibit recreational boating and fishing on the tailwaters of Cumberland River dams.
 
Last week, Whitfield asked the Corps to provide the documentation that was used by the Corps to reinterpret a policy written in 1996 that allowed access for fishing in these waters.
 
“For whatever reason, the Corps has determined that they need to take away our right to fish our waters with zero explanation behind their rationale,” stated Whitfield. “The Corps refusal to provide any answers, or to allow any sort of public input for that matter, is proof that they are content in simply circumventing the democratic process and taking away the voice of Kentuckians.”
 
On April 1, Whitfield sent a letter to the Nashville District of the Corps asking for supporting documentation that led to their decision to install permanent blockades along Cumberland River dams. In a response dated Monday, April 9, 2013, Lieutenant Colonel James DeLapp of the Nashville district provided an interim response stating that such information was unavailable.
 
“Unfortunately, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be unable to comply with your request for information by April 5, 2013,” stated DeLapp in his correspondence to Whitfield. “Due to the scope and volume of the material requested, the Nashville District must apply significant resourced to collect and catalog the material as requested. I estimate that it could take as long as six months and several hundred hours of manpower to search District wide for all of the material requested.”
 
Whitfield questioned the readiness of such documentation given the Corps’ recent decision to install the permanent barricades.
 
“Certainly, if the Corps is making such a big decision to take away fishing for the people of the Commonwealth, they would have based it on some sort of study or some sort of data, so it is curious that they are saying it won’t be available for half a year. Of course, maybe they didn’t properly make this determination, which is why they are working so hard to put up these permanent barricades as fast as they possibly can despite the public outcry,” concluded Whitfield.
 
SurfKY News
Information provided by Chris Pack
Graphics provided by SurfKY Graphics Department

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Posted on 2/2/14
3/13 - 16
1 DOW 18,080.14
+21.45 (0.12%)    
2 S&P 2,117.69
+4.76 (0.23%)    
3 NASDAQ 5,092.08
+36.02 (0.71%)    
3/13 - 16

Most Read This Week

April 17, 2015 11964

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 23, 2015 7537

Man Charged with Sodomy, Incest/Victim under 12

by SurfKY News
April 18, 2015 5793

Man Charged with Attempting to Coerce Minor for…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 20, 2015 4887

Nortonville Woman Charged with Meth Possession at…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 24, 2015 4138

UPDATE: Police Can't Substantiate Injured Man…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

April 17, 2015 11964

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 02, 2015 8814

UPDATE: Madisonville Man Injured in Head-on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

April 25, 2015 1168

Above and Beyond: Wade Simons

by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
April 24, 2015 946

Elementary Girls in Good GRACES with Unique…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 25, 2015 660

Focus on Hopkins County: Interview with Sheriff…

by Tim Thomas
April 25, 2015 576

Planning Commission Approves Zoning Amendments…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 25, 2015 494

Webster County Traffic Advisory

by Keith Todd
April 25, 2015 440

Tobacco Quitline Callers Eligible for Extra…

by Beth Fisher
April 25, 2015 423

Superheroes ‘Bowl for Kids Sake’

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 25, 2015 400

Keeping the Faith - 'To Die Trying'

by Ronnie McBrayer
April 25, 2015 398

Happenings and Meetings - Hopkins County

by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
April 25, 2015 375

Hooked on Science - 'Magnetic Money'

by Jason Lindsey