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Newhouse, McMorris Rodgers, Herrera Beutler React to Inslee-Murray’s Dam-Breaching Plan

October 22, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Reps. Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), and Jamie Herrera Beutler (R-WA) released the following joint statement in reaction to Governor Inslee and Senator Patty Murray’s joint statement on their plans to breach the lower Snake River dams:

“It is becoming more and more clear that the public and stakeholders who rely on the Columbia Snake River System have been shut out of conversations between the Biden administration, federal agencies, and groups whose sole mission is to breach the Lower Snake River dams. The fact that the DOJ announced a settlement to stay the Columbia River System Operation Environmental Impact Statement (CRSO EIS) litigation until July 2022 – the same time Governor Inslee and Senator Murray plan to release their plans to breach the Lower Snake River dams – is suspicious at best. This appears to be nothing more than a predetermined backdoor deal in the making, and it should sound the alarm for anyone interested in transparency and a balanced public dialogue over the vital role the dams play in the Pacific Northwest. There is something fishy going on, and it’s not just the promising salmon returns we are seeing on the Lower Snake River.”

Background:

  • May 2021 – Governor Inslee and Senator Murray publicly rebuke plans to breach Lower Snake River Dams.
  • October 15, 2021 – Gov. Inslee and Sen. Murray announce plans to assess the breaching of the Lower Snake River dams.
  • October 21, 2021 – Department of Justice announces a settlement reached between the CRSO EIS plaintiffs and federal agencies on injunctive relief, including a stay on the CRSO EIS litigation until July 2022.
  • October 22, 2021 – Gov. Inslee and Sen. Murray announce next steps to deliver a report intended to justify breaching the Lower Snake River by July 2022

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