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Oceans apart
(Filed: 21/07/2005)

Native Americans from four tribes danced outside Scottish Power's headquarters in Glasgow yesterday in protest at dams operated by its Pacificorp subsidiary.

They claim dams on the Klamath river in California and Oregon block 350 miles of historic salmon spawning grounds, contributing to a sharp decline in fish numbers. They are angry that after a high-profile visit to Scotland last year, which won them a commitment from the company to find a solution, Scottish Power sold Pacificorp to MidAmerican in May.

A Scottish Power spokesman said yesterday: "We have said all along this is a complex issue that will be settled by Pacificorp in the US and that remains the case."

Smoke signals

SCOTTISH POWER and four tribes of Native Americans are at loggerheads — again. The two sides have been scrapping for years over the Scottish firm’s ownership of a string of dams on the Klamath River, on the West Coast.

The latest dispute is over a batch of smoked salmon. The tribes are in Glasgow for three days, culminating in an appearance at the annual meeting tomorrow, and pitched up at Scottish Power’s HQ yesterday for a demo.

They claim the dams disrupt salmon spawning grounds and so arrived with a supply of smoked fish from the Klamath for the staff there. The company insists there was not a sniff of salmon on offer; the tribes disagree. My man in the headdress says: “They didn’t come down to get it. We stood outside and had it ourselves.”





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