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  • Writer's pictureChelsea Biehl

11/14 Update

Greetings CAMRPSP,


On behalf of the CAMRPSP steering committee, we wanted to touch base with you and provide an update on where things are at with the efforts to stop the Gregory County Pumped Storage Project.

First, we want to thank all of you who submitted written letters to FERC with concerns and requests for studies. These well written letters came from individuals living on both sides of the river as well as several organizations. The letters brought up a wide range of topics to FERC's attention. To view the letters, you can go to: https://elibrary.ferc.gov/eLibrary/search When you get to this location on the website, you will see there are several empty fields, but all you have to type in is the docket number (P-14876-002) and click the blue "search" button. We hope you take the time to do this, you will be impressed.


The next step with FERC is they will review these letters/requests for studies and issue a 2nd scoping document by December 10, 2022. Western Minnesota Power files their proposed study plan by December 10th as well. Comments on the proposed study plan will be due by the stakeholders on March 10, 2023.


1-5-2023 This is a very important date! Western Minnestoa Power will be hosting a meeting for the public to review/explain their study plan. We have not been told where this meeting will be held, but we will want a LARGE presence at this meeting.


We talked about having a public meeting to inform everyone where things are presently at and for Q & A. But with the upcoming holidays we felt it would be hard to get that accomplished. We plan to have a public meeting sometime after January 5th.


There have been several articles written lately from interviews with area citizens that will be affected by this project. Here are links to couple of these stories.



https://www.tsln.com/news/gregory-pumped-storage-project/



PUC to opponents of an energy storage project: talk to the feds - South Dakota Searchlight



Concerns raised over an energy storage project along the Missouri River - South Dakota Searchlight



https://puc.sd.gov/News/2022/11072022.aspx




Thank you for being a part of this effort to stop this project. As you can see, this will be a lengthy process. Your verbal/emotional support is greatly appreciated, but we also need your financial support. We graciously ask that you consider any monetary donation you can provide. Your tax-deductible donations can be mailed to CAMRPSP, PO Box 54, Burke SD 57523. We sincerely will do our best to keep you informed and don't hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have.


Kindest Regards,


Melissa Johnson



Steering Committee Member


https://www.stopgregoryhydro.com



P.S. 1-5-23, please save this date in your calendar



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