Officials meet in Anchorage to discuss Susitna Dam

State and federal officials are meeting in Anchorage this week on a study plan for the proposed Susitna Dam. Emily Ford, a spokesperson for the Alaska Energy Authority, says the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, FERC must approve every aspect of the study plan before further action can be taken.

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Ford says the study plan is based on information gathered in 2013 and 2014. The Susitna Dam project was put on hold shortly after Governor Walker was elected, but last summer the hold was lifted. Ford says the information was filed with FERC a year and a half ago, and now FERC will review it. The federal agency must give the go ahead for the study program as part of the pre-licensing process for the dam.

But some groups opposed to the dam plan say the study process is flawed. Sam Snyder, with Trout Unlimited, says the state has spent over 193 million dollars on studies for the dam, at a time when the state’s budget crisis is unresolved.

The outcome of the meetings will determine if AEA can proceed with the pre-license proceedings necessary for moving ahead on the project.

APTI Reporter-Producer Ellen Lockyer started her radio career in the late 1980s, after a stint at bush Alaska weekly newspapers, the Copper Valley Views and the Cordova Times. When the Exxon Valdez ran aground in Prince William Sound, Valdez Public Radio station KCHU needed a reporter, and Ellen picked up the microphone.
Since then, she has literally traveled the length of the state, from Attu to Eagle and from Barrow to Juneau, covering Alaska stories on the ground for the AK show, Alaska News Nightly, the Alaska Morning News and for Anchorage public radio station, KSKA
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