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Old 03-25-2003, 05:31 PM
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While this bill would not effect large profitable dams out west it would strangle us here on the east coast. For instance, the dams on the Presumpscot River in Maine do not have fish passage. Most of these dams, (and many throughout New England) have profits of under 250k per year. If this bill is passed the dams owner ( SAPPI, South African Pulp and Paper) could succesfuly argue that they should not have to pay 4 million for a fishlift if the dam only makes a quarter million per year. That stinks, many of these dams like the ones on the Presumpscot, Kennebec and Sebasticook are owned by multi billion dollar corporations, their feet need to be held to the fire on these issues. Put up the passage or pull down the dam (preferably the latter).
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