Opponents of the Susitna Dam have asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to release documents explaining their decision not to require in-depth climate change studies. An attorney representing the Coalition for Susitna Dam Alternatives sent the letter to FERC on Thursday. The National Marine Fisheries Service wants FERC to require extensive studies on the impact of climate change regarding the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project. FERC denied the request, and has already been asked to release documents related to their decision, but claims that the requested documents are exempt from the Freedom of Information Act.
FERC cited lack of data reliability and cost as contributing to their decision. Richard Leo is the President of the Coalition for Susitna Dam Alternatives, and says that the goal of their appeal is to determine the details that influenced FERC’s decision. (more…)