- Associated Press - Friday, January 8, 2016

COLUMBIA, La. (AP) - Two companies have requested permits from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to study installing a hydropower project near the Columbia lock and dam on the Ouachita River.

The News-Star reports (tnsne.ws/1SDWLdn) Lock+ Hydro Friends Fund XXIX file for a permit on July 6 and Energy Resources USA Inc. filed for a permit on Sept. 2.

Celeste Miller, a FERC spokeswoman, said a permit, if granted, would give one of the companies three years to determine if it wants to apply for a license to build at the site. Miller says this stage is very preliminary and does not allow any construction to take place. A more detailed plan, including potential environment impact, is considered during the later licensing phase.

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Information from: The News-Star, https://www.thenewsstar.com


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