20110901-0020 FERC PDF (Unofficial) 09/01/2011 Posted by http://MillCityTimes.com Douglas L. Verdler 401 S. 1st St., ¹222 Minneapolis, MN 55401 August 26, 2011 Kimberly Bose, Secretary Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 888 First Street NE Washington, D.C. 20426 SUBJECT: Crown Mill Hydroelectric Project, Project No. 11175-024-Minnesdta 0 REFERENCES: 1. FERC Letter, Subject: Status of Construction of the Crown Mill Hydroelectric Project, dated May 25, 2011 to Crown Hydro, LLC 2. Law Offices of GKRSE Letter, dated June 23, 2011 to FERC 3. Minneapolis Park 4 Recreation Board Letter, dated June 30, 2011 to FERC 4. Law Offices of GKRSE Letter, dated August 25, 2011 to FERC Dear Ms. Bose: I have just learned of the latest attempt by Crown Hydro to delay FERCs initiation of termination proceedings of the license to construct a hydroelectric facility on public land in Minneapolis. The letter (reference 4, above) submitted by the Law Offices of GKRSE on behalf of Crown Hydro, LLC is nothing more than a desperate effort to drag out the termination of a project by misleading FERC into believing that by some miracle the Minnesota Legislature will approve the seizure of the land Crown Hydro wants. The legislation that was introduced during the last session to seize the land died without action, and with very few supporters, when the regular session of the Minnesota Legislature ended May 23, 2011. The Special Session of the legislature that was convened on July 19, 2011 and ended on July 20, 2011 was called by the Governor solely for consideration of passing a state budget and ending a government shutdown. No other legislation was introduced or considered, least of all the Crown Hydro bills. Crown Hydros claim that another Special Session is anticipated in October or November 2011 "to address substantial unfinished legislative business" is totally misleading. The only reason Governor Dayton has stated he would even consider calling another Special Session would be if an agreement is reached by numerous business and government entities for the construction of a new football stadium for the Minnesota Vikings in Arden Hills, MN. Whether such agreement can be reached is very much in doubt at this time, and no Special Session is likely to be called.
20110901-0020 FERC PDF (Unofficial) 09/01/2011 Posted by http://MillCityTimes.com Crown Hydros claim that they "have commitments from the legislative leadership" to seek passage of the two failed bills is just more smoke and mirrors. Prior to the end of the regular legislative session, several of the original sponsors of the bills requested that their names be stricken, indicating that once the members became aware of the facts of the situation, they declined to support Crown Hydros efforts to seize public land for a private for-pmfit enterprise. It is time for FERC to put this project out of its misery by terminating the License No. 11175-024 immediately. No progress has been made on this project since 1999 when the license was first issued. Crown Hydro has continued to string FERC along with promises of action to secure site control that never happen. I urge FERC to cease listening to this fantasy that is being spun by Crown Hydros legal team and terminate their license now so that our community can move on without the constant harassment by a developer with a bad idea that has virtually no local support.