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Update: FERC Decision Puts 10 Year Deal Dam Removal Agreement In Jeapordy

The ongoing battle over the Klamath River dams has taken a new twist. A deal has been years in the making that would remove four of the dams and reopen 360 miles of the Klamath River and its tributaries to Salmon spawning for the first time in more than a century. It would also eliminate masses of toxic blue-green algae that thrive in the stagnate waters. The Klamath Settlement Agreement was forged 10 years ago between native tribes, farmers, conservation and fishing groups, government agencies and Pacificorp, which owns the dams. Pacificorp has said the hydro power produced from the dams doesn’t nearly cover the cost to maintain them The utility has been pushing to transfer ownership to a non-profit commission that has been established to oversee the removal of the dams. All that remained to begin the already-funded $450 Million project was the approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, but Thursday FERC approved only a partial transfer of the license and says Pacificorp must remain a co-licensee. That could upend the agreement because Pacificorp doesn’t want any liability in the removal process.