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Klamath Indians asking to take down PacifiCorp dams

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    Klamath Indians asking to take down PacifiCorp dams By Clea Benson - Bee Capitol Bureau Last Updated 1:59 pm PDT Friday, April 27, 2007
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 29 2:39 AM
      Klamath Indians asking to take down PacifiCorp dams By Clea Benson - Bee
      Capitol Bureau
      Last Updated 1:59 pm PDT Friday, April 27, 2007


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      Kelly Catlett of 'Friends of the River' speaks along with Klamath Basin
      tribal leaders and commercial fisherman on the south steps of the State
      Capitol Friday morning. Sacramento Bee/Jose Luis Villegas

      Indians from Northern California tribes stopped Friday in Sacramento on
      their way to Omaha, Neb., to ask billionaire Warren Buffett to remove
      hydroelectric dams from the Klamath River that they say are jeopardizing
      their health, economy and traditions.

      PacifiCorp, the utility that owns the dams, is a subsidiary of an
      Omaha-based company that Buffett owns. Members of the Yurok and Karuk
      tribes, long economically and culturally dependent on the river's
      declining salmon, said that removing the company's four dams would
      revitalize the fish population.

      PacifiCorp is in the middle of renewing its licenses for the dams. The
      company has been reluctant to remove them, though federal government
      regulators have said they will require hundreds of millions of dollars
      in environmental mitigation projects before the licenses can be renewed.
      "Mr. Warren Buffet has the opportunity to make right a lot of the wrongs
      that were done to native people on the Klamath River," said Frankie Joe
      Myers, a member of the Yurok tribe.
      Bill Fehrman, president of PacifiCorp Energy, said Friday that the
      company has been trying to reach an agreement with the tribes and about
      two dozen other affected groups.

      "As long as a solution involves an outcome that respects our customers'
      rights and our property rights, we're OK with that," he said. "If that
      includes some dam removal, that would have to be part of a more global
      solution."



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