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RELEASE from Gail Whitsett
! URGENT !
ATTENTION ELECTRIC RATEPAYERS in (and out) of the KLAMATH BASIN
(Comments by Tuesday February 3, and come to Salem. The hearing for this bill (SB 76) will be next Tuesday Feb 3rd at 3 pm at the Oregon Capitol. ALL citizens are urged to attend and provide written testimony regarding their feelings on the dams' removal.)
Senate Bill 76 is winding its way through the Oregon legislature next week and the electric ratepayers who will pay for the removal of Klamath dams need to be aware of the following report and estimated costs from the US government. All dollar figures are from the FERC report noted below:
The estimated costs to 548,000 electric ratepayers for removal of the four dams on the Klamath River according to the FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission)
“Final Environmental Impact Statement for Hydropower Licensing
FERC/EIS – 0201 F Vol 1 Klamath Hydroelectric Project
FERC Project #2082-027 Appendices Vo. I (adjusted to 2006 dollars)
The high estimate of removal and disposal of 9000 acre feet of sediment from behind the dams is $4.5 billion. This is equivalent to 1.5 million dump truck loads of sediment. The cost of this sediment mitigation (without liability for potential toxics) appears to be nearly $8000 PER ELECTRIC RATE PAYER. We can assume that the cost will be more in adjusted dollars at the time of dam(s) removal.
FERC states that ratepayers’ replacement of power will be an additional $35 million dollars PER YEAR to those same ratepayers. There are 548,000 electric ratepayers expected to shoulder this burden, 90 percent of whom are in Oregon.
The monetary cap proposed in the new Agreement in Principle does NOT include:
1.) The cost of decommissioning (unhooking and moving the generators).
2.) Cost of environmental and fish passage regulations until the dams are taken out.
3.) Value of electric company un-depreciated assets (dam, equipment, etc).
These assets are undefined in the AIP and could be substantial.
PLEASE contact the members of the Oregon Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee and request that Senate Bill 76 NOT PASS out of committee on February 3, 2009. Members are:
Chairman Jackie Dingfelder (D – Portland) (503) 986-1723 email@example.com
Senator Jason Atkinson (R – Jackson and Josephine Counties) (503) 986-1702 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Bryan Boquist (R – Central Willamette Valley) (503) 986-1712 email@example.com
Senator Mark Haas (D – northern Willamette Valley) (503) 986-1714 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Floyd Prozanski (D – Eugene and Lane county) (503) 986-1704 email@example.com
These five individuals will help decide if the ratepayers of the area will carry the burden of cost for the removal of the Klamath Dams through SB 76 to be heard in an open public hearing on February 3, 2009 in the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources in Salem, Oregon.
Everyone interested is urged to attend the hearing in person and bring written testimony or send the testimony by Feb 3, 2009 to the e-mail address provided to each member of the committee.
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