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Tribes: Dam removal on the table
Published July 28, 2004
The chief executive officer of PacifiCorp's parent
company, Scottish Power, vowed he will have the
company do more to get salmon up the Klamath River,
reported members of a multi-tribes delegation that
was in Scotland last week.
Scottish Power CEO Ian Russell, along with
PacifiCorp President and CEO Judi Johansen, met with
some of the delegation the day before the company's
annual general stockholders' meeting in Edinburgh,
Scotland, Friday. But a PacifiCorp spokesman in
Portland said while the tribes are free to meet with
whom they want, if they want changes, they need to
stay involved with the stateside talks.
Representatives from the Klamath, Karuk, Hoopa and
Yurok tribes, along with officials from the Pacific
Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations and the
Sacramento-based conservation group Friends of the
River, were in Scotland to go to the stockholder
meeting because they weren't satisfied with how
PacifiCorp was handling the issue of salmon passage
in its application for a new 50-year hydroelectric
dam license with the Federal Energy Regulatory
Also while on the other side of the Atlantic,
members of the group of about 20 split up, some
meeting with investors in London and two others
meeting with conservation groups and European Union
officials in Brussels, Belgium, earlier in the week.
Mitchell, who along with Kelly Catlett, an attorney
for Friends of the River, went to Brussels for three
days, said they were able to meet with the
equivalents of chiefs of staff for some members of
the EU parliament and with one parliament member in
Scotland, the delegation made national television
news broadcasts, were on the airwaves of the BBC and
became regulars in the Scottish newspapers.
They also got the attention of the Scottish
Parliament, one of whose members drew up a motion to
support the tribes in their effort to restore salmon
even before the tribes got there.
Friday, the representatives from the different
tribes gathered together for a demonstration outside
the stockholder meeting. They sang, drummed and had
a salmon bake during the four-to five-hour
demonstration, according to an e-mail account by
Kathy Hill, a member of the Klamath Tribes who was
part of the delegation.
"As one shareholder told us when she left: 'I was
shattered when I learned what has happened to you,'
" Hill wrote. "Other shareholders expressed similar
emotions, and we heard there were a few in tears."
"That sent us a message that we need to do more than
continue to talk to PacifiCorp," he said.
Hillman and Mitchell said the tribes will be back to
meet with Scottish Power officials again, and they
plan to go to next year's stockholders' meeting.
"If we run into a stalemate, we'll be back,"
expect we will probably continue this and we will
take it to a broader group of people on the other
side of the world - it is not just a Klamath Issue,"
Portland-based PacifiCorp says that $1 billion in
damage claims from the Klamath Tribes for the loss
of salmon in the Klamath Basin are unjustified,
according to papers filed in federal court in
response, the PacifiCorp said:
The facilities were designed, constructed and are
operated in compliance with state and federal law.
- By Dylan Darling
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