FERC Denies Flaming Gorge Pumpback Request for Re-Hearing!
Green River, WY - On May 17th, FERC denied a request from WyCo Power and Water for a re-hearing of it's proposed Regional Watershed Supply Project (Project No. 14263-001). FERC's order officially closes the FERC permitting process for the speculative project which proposed to pump 250,000 acre-feet of water from the Green River, to Colorado's Front Range cities over 500 miles away. American Whitewater and several of our partners in the conservation community worked hard to defeat the proposal.
Flaming Gorge Pipeline Proponents ask FERC to Reconsider Application
Green River (WY/UT/CO) - Wyco Power and Water, Inc. (“Wyco”), proponents of the 500 mile-long water-supply pipeline from Wyoming to Colorado, has requested a rehearing from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regarding the Commission’s Order dismissing the Preliminary Permit Application for the Regional Watershed Supply Project (aka: Flaming Gorge Pipeline).
Wyco has stated that the Order is inconsistent with Section 4(f) of the Federal Power Act. In addition, Wyco believes that the dismissal of the Preliminary Permit Application based on the reasons presented in the Order establishes precedents that will likely be detrimental to future development of hydroelectric facilities in the United States.
FERC Dismisses Preliminary Permit for Flaming Gorge Pipeline
Colorado/Wyoming - Today, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission dismissed Wyco Power and Water Inc.'s Preliminary Permit Application for the proposed Regional Watershed Supply Project, also know as the Flaming Gorge Pumpback. The Regional Watershed Supply Project was proposed to include seven hydropower projects and a 501-mile water pipeline that would extend from Flaming Gorge Reservoir and the Green River in Wyoming to a proposed reservoir near Pueblo, Colorado. This is a major succes in AW's efforts to preserve the Green and Colorado Rivers!
AW Intervenes in Opposition to the Flaming Gorge Pumpback Proposal
Colorado - American Whitewater has filed a Motion to Intervene in Opposition to the Regional Watershed Supply Project Preliminary Permit Application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Joining us in our effort to protect the Green River from the project (aka Flaming Gorge Pumpback), is American Rivers and the Colorado River Outfitters Association.
Flaming Gorge Pipeline Moves Forward with FERC Application
Wyoming/Colorado - Proponents of the 501-mile long pipeline that will send water from the Green River in Wyoming, to Colorado's Front Range, have submitted an Application for a Preliminary Permit with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The project, known as the "Flaming Gorge pipeline," had been under consideration by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for more than two years until the agency canceled it's environmental review. New plans for the pipeline now include hydropower production, requiring FERC to issue the permit.
Review of Flaming Gorge Pipeline in Transition
The Army Corps of Engineers recently cancelled their review of the Flaming Gorge Pipeline in Wyoming and Colorado. The project, proposed by Aaron Million, was originally slated as a water supply project, diverting 250,000 acre-feet of water annually 560 miles from Flaming Gorge Reservoir to Southeastern Wyoming and the Front Range of Colorado. This spring, Million indicated interest in adding hydropower to the project, and has stated that he will seek review with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission instead. American Whitewater is tracking the issue.
Flaming Gorge Pipeline Receives Formal Opposition
A large coalition of conservation groups in Colorado, including American Whitewater, have announced their formal opposition to the Regional Watershed Supply Project (aka Flaming Gorge Pipeline). You can join us in protecting the Green and Colorado Rivers by signing our petition. For more information, the coalition is hosting a telephone town hall at 7pm on Wednesday July 27th, in which thousands of citizens are expected to participate in discussing the proposed pipeline and its flaws.
Comment Period Extended for Regional Watershed Supply Project (CO/WY)
Public Notice - Regional Watershed Supply
Project proposed by Million Conservation Resource Group.
The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers announces the scoping comment period for the Flaming Gorge/Green River Pumpback has been extended to September 28, 2009.
Public Scoping Announced for Green River Pumpback
Green River, Wyoming - After much anticipation, the US Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) has announced the first set of public meetings on thecontroversial Regional Watershed Supply Project (RWSP)--also known as the Green River or Flaming Gorge Pumpback. The Project proposes to remove up to 250,000 acre-feet of water from the Green River at Flaming Gorge, sending it east through 500 miles of pipelines to Colorado's Front Range. The project also proposes two new reservoirs for Colorado's Front Range. The ACOE will be holding several meetings to describe the project, the NEPA process, and to solicit input on the issues and alternatives to be evaluated before permiting the RWSP.