Talkeetna Council Wants To Join Dam Permitting Process

The Talkeetna Community Council voted to file a motion to intervene in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s permitting process for the proposed Susitna-Watana Dam. The Motion to Intervene is a step that allows interested parties to become participants in the permitting process.

Once filed, the council will have the right to request rehearing of Commission orders and seek relief of final agency action in the U. S. Circuit Courts of Appeal. The motion to intervene will also require the Alaska Energy Authority to provide the Council with regular progress updates.

After October’s advisory vote on the Susitna-Watana Dam showed a Talkeetna majority was in opposition to the project, the Council agreed that filing a motion to intervene would be an appropriate step.

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Lorien Nettleton is a reporter with KTNA in Talkeetna.

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