Huge Opposition to Bear Lake Pumped Storage Project


Citing the project as expensive, inefficient and environmentally unsound, there has been a huge public opposition to the proposed Hook Canyon project which would require construction of a new 160 foot high dam on the Fish Hook Creek in Rich County, Utah. FERC granted a preliminary permit for the project in September 2006.

There have been concerns that the energy required to pump water would exceed the energy output of the project. EPA, on the other hand, is concerned that construction and operation of the proposed facility would have significant impacts on environmental resources such as the aquatic ecosystem of Fish Creek and Bear Lake, including potential adverse changes in water quality of Bear Lake. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is concerned about the potential harmful effects on fish species.

An individual in her comment to FERC wrote "The proposed pump storage project will, with no doubt, affect the lake and its ecosystem, and thus its natural beauty and functionality... It would be a shame to take away from the natural ecosystem of the Lake. Please leave it so that my children's children will be able to enjoy the lake as it is, undisturbed."

To get more input from the general public on this project, FERC is holding two scoping meetings on Wednesday, April 9 2008. Details of the meeting are given below.

Daytime Meeting
Date: April 9, 2008
Time: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Venue: Bear Lake West Restaurant and Sports Bar
554 Lewis Loop
Fish Haven, Idaho

Evening Meeting
Date: April 9, 2008
Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Venue: Oregon Trail Center
320 North 4th Street
Montpelier, Idaho