Democratic News

Ø      On Tuesday, June 17, the full committee will examine the challenges and regional solutions to developing transmission for renewable electricity resources.  Witnesses include Kevin Kolevar, assistant secretary for Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, U.S. Department of Energy; T. Boone Pickens, principal, BP Capital, Dallas; Rich Halvey, energy program director, Western Governors Association, Denver; Bryce Freeman, board member, Wyoming Infrastructure Authority, Cheyenne; Stephen Wright, administrator, Bonneville Power Administration, Portland, OR; Don Furman, senior vice president for development, transmission and policy, Iberdrola Renewables, Washington, D.C. (representing the American Wind Energy Association); Gary Hanson, chairman, South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, Pierre; and Will Kaul, vice president, Great River Energy, Maple Grove, Minn.  (Dirksen 366 at 10:00 a.m.)
 
Ø      On Tuesday, June 17, the Subcommittee on National Parks will consider S. 1774 and H.R. 3022, to designate the John Krebs Wilderness and add land to the Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park Wilderness, both in California; S. 2255, to study the Chisholm Trail and Great Western Trail, primarily in Texas; S. 2359, to establish the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration Commission; S. 2943, to designate the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail in Washington, Idaho and Montana; S. 3010, to reauthorize the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program; S. 3017, to designate the Beaver Basin Wilderness at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan; S. 3045, to establish the Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Forest Heritage Area in Alaska; H.R. 1143, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to lease certain lands in Virgin Islands National Park; and S. 3096, to amend the National Cave and Karst Research Institute Act of 1998. Witnesses include members of Congress; James Cason, assistant secretary for Policy, Management and Budget, U.S. Department of the Interior; Mark Rey, under secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Casey Judd, business manager, Federal Wildland Fire Service Association, Inkom, Idaho; Ron Thatcher, president, Forest Service Council, National Federation of Federal Employees/International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Libby, Mont.; and Deborah Miley, executive director, The National Wildfire Suppression Association, Lyons, Ore.  (Dirksen 366 at 2:30 p.m.)
 
Ø      On Wednesday, June 18, the full committee will consider the preparedness of Federal land management agencies for the 2008 wildfire season.  Witnesses include Mark Rey, under secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Karen Taylor-Goodrich, associate director, Visitor and Resource Protection, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior; and Jon Knechtel, acting executive director, Pacific Northwest Trail Association, Sedro-Woolley, Wash.  (Dirksen 366 at 2:00 p.m.)

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