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FERC Reinstates School Street License

In a ruling issued yesterday, FERC reinstated the license for School Street project issued in February 2007, thereby giving a serious blow to Green Island Power Authority’s (GIPA’s) plan to get a license for their proposed 100 MW Cohoes Falls project, just downstream of the current School Street site. The project is located on the Mohawk River in Albany and Saratoga Counties, New York.

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Court Vacates License Order, Says FERC Should Have Analyzed All Alternatives

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has vacated a 2007 FERC license order for the School Street Project and asked FERC to revisit the proceeding.

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Court: Project does not interfere with religious freedom

In a recent decision (see the attachment below) issued by the US Court of Appeals, a judge decided that Snoqualmine Falls hydroelectric project does not interfere with a local tribe's religious freedom.The Snoqualmie India Tribe considers Snoqualmine Falls that lies within the project boundary to be a sacred site that played a role in the creation of the tribe. It also believes that the mist created by the Falls connects the earth with the heaven.

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https://www.hydroreform.org/sites/default/files/Opinion%20-%20Snoqualmie%20Indian%20Tribe%20v.%20FERC%20-%209th%20Circuit%20-2008-10.pdf