Toketee – PacifiCorp spokesman Tim O’Connor said this morning there will be an exploratory meeting Friday in Portland to consider restarting settlement talks on the Soda Springs Dam.
Those agreeing to be present are Douglas County officials, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, the U.S. Forest Service, National Marine Fisheries Service and local conservation groups. The meeting will include most of the original settlement team and some new faces. They will decide if they should reenter the talks, which would last up to 120 days.
The talks surround the relicensing of PacifiCorp’s North Umpqua Hydroelectric Project, located about 50 miles east of Roseburg in the Umpqua National Forest. PacifiCorp left the talks when the Forest Service was going to require the removal of Soda Springs Dam before issuing a new license.
The difference now is people are willing to go into the talks without the precondition of Soda Spring dam removal,” said PacifiCorp spokesman Dave Kvamme. “Before, the condition was to remove the dam, now it’s still on the table but not a precondition.”
May 18, 2000