Saturday, October 31, 2009

Current Klamath Agreement no Guarantee of Dam Removal

The Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA) may not actually result in dam removal on the Klamath. Despite widespread optimism that the plan adopted by government, stakeholders and the utility PacifiCorp earlier this year will bring down Klamath dams sometime in the next decade the future of the dams is still uncertain. The framework of the agreement as it stands only promises a 2012 review of the situation by the Secretary of the Interior and provides provisions that would allow PacifiCorp to back out of the agreement. In delaying dam removal, PacifiCorp will continue to profit off the Klamath without committing any funds to the removal process,. Lots more information on the KlamBlog.

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