Klamath River tribes, commercial fishermen and
conservationists are headed to Omaha, Neb.,
again, this time with a stronger message about
the river's dams to Berkshire Hathaway and its
CEO, Warren Buffett.
Berkshire Hathaway owns MidAmerican Energy
Holdings, which bought Pacificorp in 2005.
Pacificorp's dams are in a relicensing process
with the federal government, and are being
targeted for removal by river advocates
because of their effects on salmon and water
quality on the Klamath.
”Buffett's MidAmerican Energy kills salmon,
communities and profits,” says Karuk Tribe
Vice Chairman Leaf Hillman, “and that's the
message we are taking to Omaha.”
The utility was previously owned by
ScottishPower, whose leadership had pledged to
work toward a settlement over the dams after
tribes, fishermen and conservationists raised
their concerns at a shareholders' meeting in
Scotland. Buffett has said he does not
influence his subsidiaries' business
The groups point to state and federal
studies that found dam removal would be
cheaper than keeping the dams and having to
install fish ladders at a cost of hundreds of
millions of dollars.
”Buffett and his shareholders can actually
save money by doing the right thing,” Hillman
The group plans to show a film about the
Klamath, serve smoked salmon at a press
conference, and picket the Berkshire Hathaway
shareholders' meeting on May 3.