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Here are some articles to help you stay current with what the Standing Rock Sioux Protectors are up against with stopping the Black Snake from putting precious water and sacred lands in harms way.
• New North Dakota Bill would Allow Drivers to Hit Protestors with Their Cars (1.17.17)
• #DefundDAPL has Divested Over $42 Million in Individual Investments from Dakota Access Pipeline (1.3.17)
• Standing Rock and the Battle Beyond Fault Lines (12.30.16)
• Standing Rock Activitists Eye Pipeline Finances to Cement Dakota Access Win (12.29.16)
• Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin Pull Their Money Out of Wells Fargo and Chase (12.21.16)
• How to Contact the 17 Banks Funding the Dakota Access Pipeline (12.17.16)
• How Standing Rock's Divest Campaign Can Stop Future Pipelines (12.16.16)
• At Standing Rock, No One Goes Hungry: The Kitchen that Serves Traditional Lakota Food and Values (12.16.16)
• Neil Young Wants You To Keep Paying Attention To Standing Rock.This is the Moment to Make Something Happen (12.15.16)
• Seattle Might Break Ties with Wells Fargo Over Bank’s Standing Rock Investments ( 12.15.16)
• North Dakota's Public Bank was Built for the People—Now It's Financing Police at Standing Rock (12.14.16)
• Feds Withheld Key Documents from Standing Rock Sioux (12.14.16)
• High Country News Talked to Protestors at Standing Rock—Here's What They Learned (12.12.16)
• The Twisted Economics of the Dakota Access Pipeline (12.12.16)
• How Standing Rock has Changed Us (12.7.16)
• Veterans at Standing Rock Shock Tribe Members, Beg Forgiveness for War Crimes Against Tribal Nations (12.5.16)
• Army Corps Stop the Controversial Project—for Now(12.5.16)
• Could Portland Lead the Way for Cities Nationwide to Divest from the Dakota Pipline and Private Prisons? (12.4.16)
• Many Ways to Help Standing Rock Sioux Protect Water and Sacred Lands (12.04.16)
• Indigenous Environmental Network Announces Army Corps Denies Easement for Dakota Access Pipeline Under Missouri River! (12.04.16)
• Army Corps of Engineers will Deny Easement, Halting Work on Dakota Access Pipeline (12.04.16)
• Northwest Braces for Its Own Standing Rock (12.3.16)
• Thousands of Veterans Converge on North Dakota to Aid Pipeline Protest (12.3.16)
• Voices from Standing Rock: Six Views from the Angry prairie standoff over the Dakota Access Pipeline (12.2.16)
• What President Obama Can Actually Do about Standing Rock—According to Tribal Lawyers, No Much (12.1.16)
• #NoDAPL: Thousands of Veterans Head to Standing Rock to Protect Water Protectors (11.29.16)
• #NoDAPL Eviction Announced: Will You Keep Fighting with Us? (11.26.16)
• Native Americans are fighting a cold, bloody battle against the Dakota Access pipeline—video (11.24.16)
• Bank Funding Pipeline will Look into Violations of Standing Rock Sioux's Rights (11.09.16)
• Who is Kelcy Warren—the Texas Billionaire and CEO of Energy Transfer Partners Responsible for Building DAPL and Disregarding Native Sovereignty? (11.3.16)
• How to Take Action with #StandingRock #NoDAPL #WaterIsLife (11.1.16)
• Why Police from Different States Invaded a Standing Rock Camp—and Other Questions (11.1.16)
• The Standing Rock Victory You Didn't Hear About (11.4.16)
• How to Talk about #NoDAPL: A Native Perspective (10.28.16)
• Current Situation with the #NoDAPL Struggle (10.17.16)
• The Growing Indigenous Spiritual Movement that Can Save the Planet (9.30.16)
• Standing Rock Sioux Chairman, Dave Archambault:" Dakota Access Pipeline is Threatening the Live of My Tribe." (8.23.16)
• Lakota Lead Native Americans, Ranchers and Farmers in Fight Against Dakota Access Pipeline. (8.13.16)
• Conservationist Terry Tempest Williams Puts Herself on Frontline of Climate Fight (12.31.16)
• NOAA Climate Prediction: Columbia Basin States Looking at Cold, Wet Winter (12.16.16)
• Average U.S. Temperature in Autumn Warmest on Record, Precipitation Above Average in Much of PNW (12.9.16)
• Malheur Occupation Impacts Linger Throughout the West (10.4.16)
• Washington Long-Term Water Supply Report: Wetter Wintersand Springs, Drier Summers with Less Snowpack (9.16.16)
• High Country News Founder, Tom Bell, Passes (8.31.16)
•Tribes Band Together to Fight the Oil Pipeline Going Through the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation (8.30.16)
• Study Shows Hidden Pollution Exchange between Oceans, Groundwater, Hot Spots include Pacific Northwest (8.12.16)
• Big Earthquakes in Cascadia Subduction Zone More Frequent, Historically, than Thought (8.12.16)
• EPA Wpn't Regulate Logging Road Runoff: EPA Says the Clean Water Act is Enough to Ensure Stream Health (7.19.16)
• Hungry for Climate Justice: Fasting at the Washington State Capital (7.12.16)
• Navy Growler Noise Test Debunked by Save The Olympic Peninsula (6.20.16)
• Basin Water Managers Expecting Slightly Below Average Runoff from Now to September (6.17.16)
• Study Suggests that Insect Damage May Counter Intense Wildfires (5.4.16)
• U.S. House of Representatives Bills Threaten to Give Away National Forests (2.24.16)
• Fracking Goes on Trial for Human Rights Violations (11.14.15)
• Earth's Nutrient Cycle: Study Shows the "Fertilization" from Ocean to Land is Down 75 Percent (10.30.15)
• Columbia River Basin Agencies Release Draft 2016 Water Management Plan (10.23.15)
• USGS Studying Low 2015 Snowpack and River Flows to Provide Insight into Future Droughts (9.11.15)
• Cascadia Planet Blogspot
• Cliff Mass Weather Blog
• Community Cultural Center of Tonasket
• Conservation Northwest
• Conscious Cultural Festival
• Ferry County Co-op
• Friends of the Trees Society
• Green Okanogan
• Kettle Range Conservation Group
• Lake Roosevelt Forum
• LA Catholic Worker Agitator
• Methow Naturalist
• Methow Valley Citizens Council
• Okanogan Highlands Alliance
• Okanogan Land Trust
• Planet Drum Foundation
• SHAWL Society
• Slow Food Okanogan County
• SolWest Renewable Energy Faire
• Tonasket Natural Foods Co-op
• Wisdom of the 13 Grandmothers
• Jan 20—Occupy Inauguration, resist Wallstreet & billionaire leadership wherever you are with your friends and family.
• Jan 28—Represent Okanogan County (ROC), Steering Committee members (past & present) meeting, Pioneer Room at Omak Public Library, 1-3 pm
• Jan 31—Friends of Three Devils Road vs. Okanogan County Washington State Court of Appeals, Division III, 11:30 am, 500 North Cedar Street, Spokane WA
In the first 50 years of operation, cost for building, operating and maintaining Enloe Dam will exceed the revenue generated by the project, according to forecasts made by the Okanogan PUD.
Revised Cost Figure—Summary, p. 11 and Revised Cost Figure—2014 D-2 (excluding sunk costs), p. 15 (OkPUD 2015 Enloe Project Budget).
Between 2019, when electrical generation would start, and 2068 when the 50 years license of operation expires, it is estimated that Enloe Dam would generate about $152 million in income. However, construction would cost at least $62 million (the construction loan of approximately $39 million and $23 million in interest). Operations and maintenance will cost about $168 million during the 50 year period. When costs are subtracted from generation revenue, ratepayers are left with debt of
Since power generation conservatively will stay the same during the 50 year license, at least $1.7 million is added yearly to the cost of Enloe operations, modeled over time using an annual 2.5% escalator on Operations & Maintenance costs. Indeed, the project results in a loss of over $76 million. That is a cost of about $3,918 for each of the PUD’s 20,000 residential customers over the 50 year license, or $6.53 each month. (Model: OkPUD Enloe—Blended Resource).
Note: For more information on the use of this model, please telephone Jeré & Rick Gillespie, 831.332.4778.
Formulas Used to Calculate Numbers:
(Enloe MW Generation) X (hours/Year) = (Enloe MWhrs/Year)
(4.5 MW) X (8,760 hrs/year) = 39,420 MWhrs/year
(Cost $$/MWhr) X (Enloe MWhrs/year) = (Enloe Power Revenue $$/year)
($77/MWhr) X (39,420 MWhrs/year) = $3,035,340/year
In Year 2019:
(Enloe Power Revenue $$/year) + (Enloe Operation & Maintenance $$/year) + (Enloe Construction Debt $$) = (Enloe Debt $$)
$3,035,340/year + ($-1,719,000) + ($-2,018,000) = $-701,660
In Year 2069:
$3,035,340/year + ($-5,764,283) + ($0) = $-2,728,943
Potential Costs to each ratepayer over 50 years:
(Enloe costs) / (20,000 residential customers) / (50 years) / (12 months/yr = (Ratepayer cost/month)
$78,366,596 / 20,000 / 50 years / 12 months/year = $6.53/month
Link to Spreadsheet that displays the outcomes for Enloe costs projected over 50 years.
Please plan to come to OkPUD Meetings at 2:30 pm on Mondays at PUD Auditorum, 1331 2nd Avenue North, Okanogan WA 98840 to voice your reasons to say to commissioners "NO ON ENLOE." Check OkPUD Web site when actual Mondays meetings are held. If you cannot make the meeting, give the Commissioners a call or e-mail them to say your concerns.
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Why are the Commissioners taking another vote on Enloe?
Will it be to remove the dam now that the PUD has a draft dam removal plan, the money for removal has been shown to be available if and when the PUD decides on removal (with little to zero cost to the PUD), and they have a federal agency interested in becoming the lead agency?
If not a vote for removal, what has changed regarding the power and economic value of Enloe? Based on the PUD’s 2014 revised cost figures, dam construction is expected to now cost between $40 - $50 million. With operating costs totaling $3,193,696 it will cost OPUD $1.1 million more each year to operate the Enloe Project than it would cost to purchase the power on the open market.
From these numbers, Enloe seems like a really bad deal for the PUD and for ratepayers. Why then is the PUD moving ahead with borrowing money to build out Enloe?
The PUD is now asking to be reimbursed for the full costs of getting the license, in order to satisfy bond holders. Didn’t the funds for the license come out of the general fund each year? The PUD has written off other debt. Isn’t this simply a new roadblock thrown up by PUD staff who want to continue to borrow & build, in spite of the costs to the ratepayers?
Can someone in the PUD explain to us how not recovering the full $14 million in Enloe sunk costs will jeopardize the PUD getting loans from the bond market? Is this information verifiable by auditors? Due Diligence to the ratepayers requires the PUD to have its statements on financial matters verified by authorized experts.
Why should ratepayers support a project that will lose this much money for at least the foreseeable future? Commissioner Houston has said that Enloe will lose money for at least the first 40 years. The PUD’s revised numbers show Enloe losing about $1 M per year and at the net present value it may never generate a profit.
Why is the PUD taking such a hard line on providing basic information needed for a lead agency decision? So far, both the Colville Tribe and NOAA have expressed interest in becoming lead agency. To move forward, they have asked for basic information on sediment behind the dam and dam safety information, and to date the PUD has refused to share this information.
What is behind the dam and why has the PUD blocked any attempt to find out? What are they afraid of? Agencies, tribes and nonprofits contracted with the USGS to develop a sediment study, fully funded that study with no cost to the PUD or its ratepayers, and proposed to complete the study this summer during very low flows. To date, the PUD has refused to let that study move forward.
PUD expenditures & rate hikes have been a continuing drain for its ratepayers. Just recently, the PUD has said it needs to recover the nearly $14M that it has spent on the Enloe project so far. The reason given was that without recovering the $$, the PUD could not keep its bond ratings up and was at risk to default. What is the status on the bond, what has changed, and why is the PUD just figuring this out now?