The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

Federal regulators approve studies for proposed massive dam project in south-central Alaska

  • Print

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Planning will move ahead this summer on a proposed south-central Alaska dam that, if built, would be one of the largest dams constructed in the United States in decades.

Federal regulators have given the Alaska Energy Authority approval for the remainder of its study plans for the proposed Susitna-Watana hydro project, KSKA reported (http://bit.ly/17URqDN ). The Alaska Energy Authority is a public corporation created by the state to build, buy, finance and operate power projects in Alaska.

A spokeswoman for the Susitna-Watana project, Emily Ford, said 180 people will be in the field this summer.

The Legislature recently approved $95 million to further advance work on the project.

The 735-foot dam would be between Anchorage and Fairbanks. Officials behind the effort have said the project would meet about half the energy demand for that region, the state's most populous.

The best estimate for capital costs has been tagged at $5.2 billion, though officials have given a range of $3.7 billion to $6.5 billion, and said the figure will be further refined as the project progresses.

The Coalition for Susitna Dam Alternatives is concerned about the project's effect on salmon, among other things. The group's Richard Leo said the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission only approved some of the studies after recommending changes.

He said it remains to be seen what the Alaska Energy Authority will do to make the studies more effective.

___

Information from: KSKA-FM, http://www.kska.org

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Key of Bart - Evil Las Vegas

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Local- A large osprey lands in it's nest in a hydro pole on Hyw 59  near the Hillside Beach turnoff turn off. Osprey a large narrow winged hawk which can have a wingspan of over 54 inches are making a incredible recovery since pesticide use of the 1950's and  1960's- For the last two decades these fish hawks have been reappearing in the Lake Winnipeg area- Aug 03, 2005
  • Marc Gallant/Winnipeg Free Press. Gardening Column- Assiniboine Park English Garden. July 19, 2002.

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Have you decided which mayoral candidate will get your vote?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google