ALLARD CONTINUES CALL FOR BARK BEETLE ACTION
Ranking Member of the Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Briefed on Power Grid Concerns Related to Bark Beetle Damage
U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard (R-Colo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, met today with Colorado State Representative Christine Scanlan., Colorado State Forester Jeff Jahnke and Jan Hackett of the Colorado State Forest Service's Policy and Public Affairs division.
Scanlan utilized the meeting to focus on the threat bark beetle pose to Colorado's infrastructure; including threats to water supply and the power grid. Allard has long-warned of the threat the beetles posed to our water and our forests and agreed with Scanlan that power grid concerns are well founded.
"The bark beetle epidemic poses a major threat to energy transmission infrastructure in Colorado and throughout the West," said Allard. "The intense heat put off when these trees burn could melt power transmission lines and towers placing our power supply in jeopardy. As ranking member of the Interior Subcommittee I was prepared to direct millions in vital funding for Colorado to help address this issue, but those efforts have been stymied by the Democratic leadership's decision to not allow the Interior Appropriations Bill to be marked up, placing beetle mitigation funding in peril."
Rep Scanlan and Forster Jahnke noted Allard's hard work on this issue and thanked him for his efforts in successfully securing a significant amount of funding in recent years to address the bark beetle epidemic in Colorado.