PacifiCorp and Tribes applaud selection of
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entered into a site access agreement with Kiewit
Infrastructure West Co. to allow the firm to conduct initial
surveying and other work connected to planned removal of
four dams on the Klamath River.
The site access
agreement follows an announcement by the Klamath River
Renewal Corporation on April 25 that it had finalized and
signed an initial contract with Kiewit to perform
preliminary services that include design, planning and
permitting support to carry out dam removal.
Kiewit is a
subsidiary of the international Peter Kiewit and Sons
Removal of the
dams would occur as soon as 2021 upon approval of the
agreement by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
The Karuk and
Yurok tribes, both parties to the amended Klamath
Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement, applauded both
developments as key steps in facilitating enactment of the
KHSA, according to a press release.
“For years the
Tribes have viewed dam removal and the KHSA as a means to
resolve long-standing environmental justice issues in the
Klamath River Basin in a manner that provides a good outcome
for PacifiCorp and its customers,” the release said.
“This is a
win-win for the Yurok people and for business, and we look
forward to working with PacifiCorp to implement the KHSA and
free the Klamath River,” said Joseph L. James, Yurok Tribal
Russell “Buster” Attebery added, “We are pleased to be one
step closer to restoring our river. We appreciate
PacifiCorp’s commitment to the project and we are excited to
welcome Kiewit to the Klamath team.”
remains fully committed to successful implementation of the
Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement, which will
result in removal of the lower four Klamath River dams
coupled with customer protections,” said Scott Bolton,
senior vice president for Pacific Power, a division of
PacifiCorp that serves electricity customers in Oregon,
California and Washington.
provides a better outcome for our customers compared to the
unknown costs and risk of relicensing the dams. PacifiCorp
appreciates the expertise Kiewit brings to this endeavor and
the continued hard work of our settlement partners as we
move to fully implement this important agreement.”
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