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House Energy Committee to Hear Public Testimony on Susitna Dam Legislation

For immediate release                                                                                                               February 22, 2011

Juneau, Alaska – The House Special Committee on Energy has scheduled two days for public testimony on plans to build a hydroelectric dam on the Susitna River in the Lower Watana area and legislation to empower the Alaska Energy Authority to take steps to advance the project.

The committee will hold hearings on Thursday, February 24, and Tuesday, March 1, 2011, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Members of the public may testify in the Alaska State Capitol, Room 124, in Juneau or from any Legislative Information Office across the state.

Those who do not have access to a Legislative Information Office, may participate via an off-net site. For information on how to do this, call Rep. Neal Foster’s aide, Christopher Clark, at (907) 465-3789.

The committee welcomes comments on the Alaska Energy Authority’s proposed $4.5 billion, 600 MW hydroelectric dam in the Low Watana region and Governor Sean Parnell’s legislation to authorize the AEA to pursue the project, House Bill 103.

The panel has held several hearings about these topics since the legislative session started in January. To view materials from those meetings, go to the Alaska Legislature’s bill-tracking site called BASIS at the following link:

http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_hearing.asp?session=27&Chamb=B&Date1=011211&Date2=022212&Comty=ene&Root=&Sel=1&Button=Display

Click on the folder icon for committee documents.

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