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Monday, February 13, 2012

Portland water bureau seeks Bull Run dam license change

Here's something we don't remember reading about in the papers: The City of Portland has applied to the federal government to change the setup on the electric power dam it operates at the Bull Run reservoir. It's to save the fish, don't you know.

Opponents of the city's ill-advised, budget-busting, unnecessary plan to install an ultraviolet water treatment system at Bull Run smell a rat here. Any construction up there is bad construction, as far as they are concerned. And we can't say we blame them for the mistrust.

Getting into the feds' files is not intuitively easy. We finally had success by going here, entering docket number P-2821, and asking for the file going back to 1/1/2011. Alas, the public comment period, we discover, closed on Saturday.

Comments (8)

Jack, this morning we were told to use this 30 day notice, see j. Hopefully we were not mislead;

Comments and more were entered on behalf of the community. We are concerned with the many negative public health aspects of this project as well as the costs.

kind of misleading, as hydropower is not considered "renewable" energy by the state.

kind of misleading, as hydropower is not considered "renewable" energy by the state.

Similar to not counting automobile traffic as transportation.

I was still able to comment on P-2821 011 at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ecomment.asp all you need to do to register is name e-mail phone password...

Hydropower is probably the cleanest, MOST renewable, most sustainable power source on the planet.

Water used by Grand Coulee to make electricity is then recycled by the dozen or so dams downstream, which ALSO make electricity from the same water. And how do they do that? By using gravity.

Of course, if the state of Oregon officially recognized this incontrovertible fact, it would then have to tacitly admit that its advocacy of dam removal (Govs. Kitz and Kulongoski) is idiocy. Which it is. But saying so might keep enviros from writing big checks and ultimately end the wind-power, solar-power charade.

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Gee, the old National Security dodge. Sam isn't that smart, but it is nice to know his handlers are.

As benign as Lucifer:
The privatization of water
By Richard Raznikov / The Rag Blog / February 9, 2012

Beginning about 20 years ago, it dawned on the bankers and some major corporations that if oil was a lucrative commodity water would be even more so... The trick was how to take it away from the people and sell it back to them.

More on privatization.
Excerpts from:
“water and its
infrastructure are the
final frontier for private
investors to invade.”
---Johan Bastin,
European Bank for
Reconstruction and
Development [ERDB] (An
IFI focused on “central
Europe to central Asia”)

Corporate Players
Today, there is a global industry that specializes in the privatization of water services. It is dominated by two titans, Vivendi Universal and Suez [formerly Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux], both based in France. Often labeled the General Motors and Ford Motor companies of the global water industry, Vivendi and Suez have monopoly control over approximately 70 percent of the existing world water service market.

Political Clout
Water corporations don’t leave these things to chance and the big 3 - Vivendi, Suez, and RWE are all active in networks of water policy think tanks and lobby groups that prime the pump for privatization. This network includes the Global Water Partnership, the World Water Council and the World Commission on Water. All three of these water agencies have working relationships with international finance institutions, the major corporate players in the water industry and governments.

Financial Levers
Along with the power tools of trade and investment agreements, the big water
corporations also make extensive use of international financial institutions (IFIs) to
finance their takeover of water services in poor countries.................
Following the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in early September 2002, more and more government foreign aid or development assistance monies are expected to be allocated on these types of public-private deals. At the same time, the World Bank and the IMF have both made water privatization a condition for the renewal of loans with countries of the global south.

Environmental Violations
The corporate takeover of water services in many countries has often turned out to be bad news for public health and the environment. Today, cash strapped governments, are under increasing pressure to hand over the delivery of local water services to private, for-profit companies. But the push for privatization can also come from like-minded local elites (government or otherwise) who often see financial spin-offs coming their way and who, whether they are under direct pressure or not, value water as a commodity as much as the World Bank and IMF. Once water services are privatized, however, local governments frequently lack the clout needed to ensure that water quality and pollution standards are met and to penalize corporations who fail to meet them. The track record of some water corporations is not inspiring.

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