Attempt To Build Hydro Facility On National Park Thwarted
Kathy Buchner , Wyoming Council Director , TU (307) 733-6991
Wyoming Council Director
10/30/2001 -- Jackson, Wyo. -- The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has denied Symbiotics/ Northwest Power Services’ application for a preliminary permit to establish a hydroelectric generator on the Jackson Lake Dam in Grand Teton National Park.
The existing dam is maintained by the Bureau of Reclamation. FERC dismissed the permit application because the Federal Power Act does not give FERC the authority to control operations on national park lands.
The recent energy crisis has caused many companies to look for ways to expand generation capacity. One such way is to retrofit existing dams with hydroelectric turbines. This can have devastating impacts to fish and wildlife in the surrounding habitat.
Kathy Buchner, Jackson Hole Chapter and Wyoming Council Director noted, “We’re very pleased to see this issue nipped in the bud.”
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