House Resources Water and Power Subcommittee Ranking Member Adam Smith announced today that the subcommittee would hold a hearing on Pacific Northwest Drought Management and Energy Availability in Tacoma. The field hearing will take place on May 19 at 9:00 a.m. at City Council Chambers, 1st Floor of the Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market Street, Tacoma, Washington. 

"I am looking forward to the opportunity to address issues surrounding the northwest energy crisis," said Smith. "Helping consumers and businesses deal with spiraling energy costs and developing a long-term strategy are two of the most critical issues Congress should address."

Witnesses will likely include:

* A representative from the Bonneville Power Administration.
* A representative of the Direct Service Industries.
* A representative of a local utility.
* An expert on conservation and renewable energy.

A comprehensive list of witnesses will be released prior to the hearing.

Press is welcomed and encouraged to attend.

What: United States Congress Water & Power Subcommittee Field Hearing to hear testimony on The Pacific Northwest Drought Management and Energy Availability.
When: Saturday, May 19, 2001 at 9:00am
Where: City Council Chambers, 1st Floor of the Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market Street, Tacoma, Washington 
Who: Subcommittee Ranking Member Congressman Adam Smith, and other members of Congress
Contact: Linda Danforth 253-926-6683 or Laurel Johns 202-226-8454