US Senators from the upper Missouri River basin have requested a hearing with the Army Corps of Engineers: the definition of 'surplus water' is central to talks. This from a press release at Senator Tim Johnson's (D-SD) website
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ [sic], which manages water flow from the six dams on the Missouri River, recently proposed a change that would institute a fee for gaining access to water in Missouri River reservoirs. Senators Thune, Conrad, Hoeven, Johnson, and Tester have concerns that the Corps’ actions contradict state water law, historical and legal precedent, and would have negative impacts on individuals, tribes, businesses, and water systems in Montana and the Dakotas.
Recall this intersection at interested party in June, 2011
The Corps sells 24% of US hydropower capacity. The Corps enjoys sovereign immunity; expect a political powerplay directed at them from Marty Jackley.
The Senators called for testimony from the attorney general of the State of South Dakota. It's suing the Army Corps of Engineers to determine ownership of so-called 'surplus water.'
, a former earth hater governor of South Dakota
(after having built a house in a swamp, that flooded resulting in a generous self-reimbursement from insurance coverage underwritten by his own company), just used exactly the same brand of coded vitriol for non-whites described in interested party's previous post
when he announced his intent
to begin grovelling for money from supporters
He expects to make a case for running for the seat held by Senator Johnson by attacking the Army Corps of Engineers despite the fact that the corps is hardly accountable for flooding (surplus water
) but is, through statute, responsible: remember that an apology implies liability in US law.
Gov. Mike Rounds made an unholy deal
, along with Tom Daschle, by the way
, holding Barrick harmless for polluting the Cheyenne River watershed while dropping the ball on the compressors in the Ross then allowed the Homestake to fill with water.
got screwed (again) and believe that they own the water
Missouri River discharge from Oahe Dam at Pierre
photo courtesy Bruce Venner
? The state has a $83 million dollar surplus but would argue it can’t afford to dredge and treat the dams so it expects taxpayers
to do it. Ag and livestock special interests
likely contribute the most poison crap
to the system followed by human-based pharma/chemical toiletries
Barrick Mining Company
is on the hook for most of the worst shit: it's armed to the teeth with a bank of lawyers and lobbyists. The State enjoyed royalties and severance taxes.
AG Jacklow is engaging in legal sock-puppetry
. By suing the corps over surplus water he is forcing them (US?) to pay for the clean up of a century of mine tailings
and organic effluen
t that has saturated the banks of the Belle Fourche/Cheyenne River system
then depositing many tons of toxic silt into Lake Oahe and the other downstream dams after 1962 now displacing many acre-feet of water.
Another Canadian mining company just admitted
to polluting a river in the US: yes, slag is toxic
Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer told a local news outlet
that the Keystone XL pipeline will be built replete with crossings of the river and hundreds of her tributaries.
Let the wild rumpus