Letter to FERC about hydro power on Catskill rivers

New York City is applying for a license to install hydro power plants at Cannonsville, Pepacton and Neversink reservoirs. Despite the potential impact on some of the country’s best trout rivers, the city wants to skip environmental reviews through what is called a Traditional Licensing Process. We have until Sept. 12 to ask the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to require an Integrated Licensing Process, which entails much more environmental review. Here’s my letter. Go here to register and comment.

Office of the Secretary
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, NE
Washington DC 20426

Aug. 24, 2009

I write to express my opposition to New York City’s request for the Traditional approach to licensing for West of Hudson Hydroelectric Project, Project No. 13287. The rivers downstream of the proposed project (east and west branches of the Delaware River, Neversink River, Schoharie Creek) are extremely valuable, highly sensitive and extremely complex natural resources and any project with potential impact on these rivers should be subjected to the highest possible level of scrutiny. The hydroelectric proposal will generate a great deal of controversy and a transparent integrated licensing process is essential.

Sincerely,

Morgan Lyle

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