Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Obama administration poised to adopt flawed Bush salmon plan despite scientific, economic and legal failings

Fishing and conservation groups, clean energy advocates call for immediate status conference

PORTLAND, Ore., August 11th, 2009 — Today a broad coalition of businesses, clean energy advocates, and fishing and conservation groups filed for a status conference with District Court Judge James Redden, who is presiding over the case against a 2008 Bush administration salmon plan. Groups are joined by the State of Oregon and the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho.

This filing comes on the heels of Monday’s news that Judge Redden had granted the Obama administration’s request for a third extension of its review period for the 2008 Bush administration Columbia and Snake river salmon plan. The groups also released information indicating that the Obama administration appears headed toward adopting the Bush plan, which has been criticized by scientists and the courts, and runs counter to the advice of Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), more than 70 members of Congress, three former Northwest governors, and more than 200 businesses and 110 scientists from across the nation.

Obama administration receives misleading information, reports, and guidance from Bonneville Power Administration and other federal agencies
In recent presentations to the Obama administration, and in an effort to lobby the administration to adopt the Bush salmon plan, Bonneville Power Administration regional officials and other regional agency executives provided misleading information regarding alternatives to the Bush administration salmon plan for the Columbia & Snake Rivers. More on the BPA, the Power Council, and the Freedom of Information.

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