Daines Gives Biden Admin Reality Check on Financial Burden of Dam Breaching

U.S. Senate – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today insisted President Biden’s Department of Energy (DOE) address the financial burden that breaching the lower Snake River dams would have on Montanans. The demand comes after months of the Biden administration attempting to usurp congressional authority and move toward dam breaching.

“It is disconcerting to note the proposed agreement is already being celebrated as a ‘roadmap’ for lower Snake River dam breaching […] despite the fact the administration has acknowledged only Congress has the authority to remove federal dams . . . While the analyses of cost implications of breaching the LSRDs have so far been incomprehensive, even conservative estimates have recognized the costs would be staggering,” wrote the Senators“. . .The economic burden on northwest public power utilities and ratepayers is unjustifiable. This says nothing for growing demand for more electricity at all times and the need for reliability.”

Senator Daines joins U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), and Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) in sending the letter.

Read the full letter here.