House File 3499, known by its co-sponsors as the "Hydro Power Purchase bill,"
has just been filed by Representatives Carlos Mariani (chief sponsor,
DFL/St. Paul; 651-296-9714; firstname.lastname@example.org), Jean
Wagenius (DFL/Minneapolis), Alice Hausman (DFL/St. Paul), Karen Clark
(DFL/Minneapolis) and Phyllis Kahn (DFL/Minneapolis).
On February 1, Minnesota State Senators Ellen Anderson, Jane Krentz and
John Marty had filed SF 2453, the "Hydro Review bill."
The bill would level the informational playing field by requiring that
out-of-state hydroelectric facilities submit the same environmental
information now required of in-state facilities.
THINGS TO DO
1. Please contact State Senator Bob Lessard's office (651-296-1113) and ask
him to hold a hearing on SENATE File 2453 before the end of this year's
2. As for the companion House bill, please contact Rep. Dennis Ozment
(R/Rosemount) at 651-296-4306 and ask that his House Environment and Natural
Resources Policy Committee hold a hearing on HF 3499 before the end of this
3. Reminder: please communicate your objections to more contracts between
Manitoba Hydro and Northern States Power...the first comment period ends at
4:30pm Wednesday, February 23. Send comments to
MN Public Utilities Commission
121 Seventh Place East, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55101-2147
Include Docket # E-002/M-99-888 in your letter.
Thank you one and all for your continuing and important work on behalf of
human rights and C. R. E. E. (conservation, responsibility and energy
efficiency) throughout the bioregion.
(Information Officer, Pimicikamak Cree Nation)
This material is distributed by Ann Stewart (USDOJ FARA #5313) on behalf of
Pimicikamak Cree Nation. Additional information is available at the
Department of Justice, Washington DC.