Georgia Groups Fight Alabama Dam Re-Licensing On Coosa

3 11 2008

Rome Newswire

Alabama Conservation Commissioner Barnett Lawley says that opposition from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division and the Atlanta Regional Commission, to Alabama Power’s re-licensing application for its hydroelectric dam projects on the Coosa River is out of line.

Lawley said the re-licensing was never an issue for the two Georgia agencies until recent droughts, and after lawsuits were filed by Alabama to get its fair share of water from upstream Corps of Engineers impoundment projects.

Lawley requested that the FERC reject Georgia EPD and ARC motions to intervene and protest the Coosa River projects application, and to issue a new license “as soon as possible so that the people of the state of Alabama can begin to realize the full value of the environmental, recreational and cultural resource enhancements agreed to by the stakeholders in the Coosa re-licensing process.

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