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GOP bill would give hydro developer 6 more years to start building on tract next to Joshua Tree NP

The developer trying to build a massive hydroelectric power plant just outside Joshua Tree National Park failed to start construction by a key deadline this week — but a bill in Congress could give the company another six years to start work on the project.

The bill was introduced by Rep. Paul Cook, a Republican from California's high desert who has received thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the developer, Eagle Crest Energy Company. Cook's bill would allow federal officials to extend the construction start deadline specifically for Eagle Crest's project until 2024, giving the developer more time to find a buyer for the electricity the facility would generate.



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