The fish stocks in the
Klamath River have plummeted
Native American tribes have returned to
Scotland to protest outside the headquarters
of Scottish Power.
Representatives from four tribes said that
the firm's American subsidiary, PacifiCorp,
operates dam projects which have led to a drop
in salmon numbers.
A visit to Scotland last year won the
tribes a commitment to find a solution.
However, the company announced the sale of
PacifiCorp to MidAmerican in May.
Scottish Power said it had no direct
control over the hydro scheme.
The tribes said Scottish Power, which has
its HQ in Glasgow, had stonewalled them with
negotiations until they could find a buyer for
'Moral thing to do'
They argued that because the sale would
take up to 18 months to complete, Scottish
Power bosses still had time to act.
The Karuk, Yurok, Hoopa and Klamath tribes
said the dam development had devastated more
than 350 miles of historic salmon spawning
grounds on the River Klamath in California and
The 15-strong delegation said there had
been a huge decline of fish numbers in what
was once America's third greatest salmon
Ron Reed, a Karuk tribal fishermen, said:
"Removing these dams is both the moral thing
to do, and the best economic choice for
"The dams are old and inefficient and
produce relatively little electricity. They
are not vital for energy production, or
"Their impact on our local environment and
tribal cultural resources cannot be
"And they threaten Scottish Power's image
of being a responsible business that cares for
the environment and communities."
The visitors called on the utility giant to
make the decision to scrap the dams at the
firm's annual general meeting on Friday.
A Scottish Power spokesman said: "As we
said last year, the Klamath negotiations are a
PacifiCorp issue that will be resolved in the
US, and the proposed sale makes no difference.
"The Tribes have already met with
MidAmerican and were assured that they will
continue to deal with the same executives at
"Scottish Power has not had and will not
have any direct involvement in the
re-licensing process which, in any case, will
ultimately be decided by the Federal