Sue Chytka Letter the the Editor
Dear Gregory County Pumped Storage Project Stakeholders (Landowners, Businesses,
Citizens and Taxpayers)
*Missouri River Energy and MidAmerican Energy Company have been trying real hard to
pull the wool over our eyes. But here are a few things they don’t want you to know about
*It is an “out of state, private, for profit company” coming to SD and taking our beautiful,
productive land by eminent domain for private gain by generating power to sell to the
highest out of state bidder. There is nothing good here for Chas. Mix Co., Gregory Co. or the state of SD. God gave us this beautiful land, please do not destroy it because of greed!
*Wonder where your income tax money is going? Up to 3 Billion of your tax money will go
to pay for Gregory Co. Pumped Storage Project.
And more tax bologna…The Gregory County Commissioners were given estimates of tax
revenue Gregory Co and the Burke School District will receive from this project. The SD
Dept. of Revenue has stated they do not know how much it will be taxed until construction
has started. And since when do these out of state companies get to decide how much we
are going to pay in taxes. Not a very trustworthy company if they think they know more
than SD Dept. of Revenue and our own county.
*Oh Yes, they told us they cut the reservoir by approx. 1/2, down to 1125 acres. (This is the
3rd plan change they’ve thrown at us since last April) What they didn’t tell you, that now to
generate the power they have to have for their plan, they have to have the water go up and
down the tunnels and through the turbines 2.5X’s more than the original plan. Therefore,
2.5X’s the amount of turbulence, 2.5X’s the amount of vibration, and 2.5 X’s the amount of
sediment and sand movement. Less time for it to settle. Quicker erosion of the shoreline.
*With this project, the entire 107 miles of Lake Francis Case is pumped up and released 2X’s
per year. That’s a lot of water being pumped out of the Missouri River! There goes the
great fishing by the Platte-Winner Bridge. In other areas of SD some hydroplants are not
working because the Missouri River is too low. Gregory County Pumped Storage Project will
consume more energy than the Oahe Dam and Ft. Randall Dam produced together.
Please help stop these for-profit companies from invading our peaceful community.