25 April 2013

Largest Dam in Decades

From the Associated Press. Excerpts:
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Planning will move ahead this summer on a proposed Southcentral Alaska dam that, if built, would be one of the largest constructed in the United States in decades.

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The 735-foot dam would be between Anchorage and Fairbanks. Officials behind the effort have said the project would meet about half the energy demand for that region, the state's most populous.

The site of the proposed Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project on the Susitna River north west of Talkeetna on Tuesday, August 14, 2012. The dam site is in the lower right with a rig drilling core samples on the south side of the river. This view is looking west, up river.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News

The best estimate for capital costs has been tagged at $5.2 billion, though officials have given a range of $3.7 billion to $6.5 billion, and said the figure will be further refined as the project progresses.

Read the whole story here.


Sandy said...

I would worry about the dam not holding up properly.

Rev. Paul said...

Sandy, it's not the technology that's a concern. Truly, it's about the federal oversight on a program that should be a State concern.

Cathy said...

I thought this comment under the article rather interesting:

"I cannot understand why it takes so much studying for this dam. If the USA had operated this way in the 30's and 40's we would still be trying to build the Hoover Dam and the Boulder Dam."

Rev. Paul said...

Cathy, my point exactly. :^)