Flaming Gorge pipeline: Is the water there?

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Wyoming residents are lining up against Aaron Million’s proposed Flaming Gorge pipeline (Regional Watershed Supply Project), according to a report from Jack H. Smith writing for the Green River Star. From the article:

A meeting in which the Army Corps of Engineers had intended to put up informative displays of the proposal and receive written comments, instead turned into an angry community showing disapproval. At one point during the meeting, in a show of unison Green River Mayor Hank Castillon, Rock Springs Mayor Tim Kaumo and Sweetwater County Commission Chair Debby Dellai-Boese all stood before the crowd and showed strong opposition. One by one, each local leader stood up and protested the proposal and received loud cheers from the crowd…

[Rena Brand project manager for the Corps] said this is a time for the public to put forth written comments on the issue. She said the Corps of Engineers is working with the BLM, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife and several other entities on the proposal. The first scheduled EIS draft could be available to the public in 2012, and according to Brand a record of decision could be made in 2014. She said the Army Corps of Engineers is neither a proponent or opponent of the issue…

After Brand started the meeting with a brief set of comments, several residents began to express their concerns. One by one residents expressed concerns over the impacts on such things as fisheries, water quality and the group being a private entity. Brand finally stopped the discussion despite a strong opposition from the crowd, who voiced their displeasure throughout the proceedings…

Shortly after listening to Million and comments from concerned residents, State Rep. Stan Blake said he is totally opposed to the proposal with his biggest problem being this is a private entity profiting from our public water…

One local resident may have summed up the feelings for most of the crowd as he quickly left the high school before he could be identified. As he left, the man could be heard saying that he told Million, “You may be a hero on the other side of the Continental Divide, but you are not one here.”

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