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Today, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) sent a letter to the applicant for the Flaming Gorge Pipeline informing him that the application was “deficient.” The letter is posted here (click).
“This project is a waste of time and money,” said Gary Wockner of Save the Colorado. “It is a waste of time and money for FERC and for the State of Colorado. We should be studying more sensible projects rather than this destructive pipedream.”
The FERC letter says:
- the permitting process will likely take much longer than the applicant suggests,
- the source for natural gas to fire the massive pumps needed to pump the water over the Continental Divide is unknown,
- the applicant has failed to notify participating dam operators,
- the application has failed to identify facilities needed to build the project.
The letter gives the applicant 30 days to provide more information, or the application can be rejected.