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Hydro power big locally

Firm eyes Muskingum

January 20, 2013

MARIETTA — A Boston-based company is pursuing the installation of hydroelectric facilities on seven dams on the Muskingum Rive....

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Jan-20-13 6:31 AM

Will, here we go again, President Obama war on coal, doing away with coal mining jobs this time around!!!!

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Jan-20-13 6:39 AM

The Ohio River makes sense, but not it's trubutaries. It sounds like the cost would be to high to build to ever recover the investment. This river roars in the spring and comes to a standstill in the summer. You would have to drain the ponds behind each****to get enough water to run these units. This would shut down boating each summer due to water levels. Sorry, thumbs down on this project.

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Jan-20-13 9:23 AM

"All of the dams will operate in what's called a 'run of river' mode, using available water as it flows over the dams to operate the turbines." That seems to address jbennett's main concern. As I read it, they will only use water that would have flowed over the dam, they won't lower the pool. There might be an issue over the water required to operate the locks. Get a copy of the license application. If this concern isn't adequately covered there, ask to have more specific language inserted.

As for profitability, I have to assume Free Flow has assessed the risk. (If there is a subsidy involved, I don't think I'll have a problem w/ that. These projects don't tear down our mountains or emit carbon dioxide (beyond the power & fuel used in manufacturing & installing the equipment). )

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Jan-24-13 8:28 AM

You are correct, coal is not the answer, even though global warming has never been proven, its actually climate change. There is actually draw backs to every alternative energy source. Being from the Mid-Ohio Valley I know that burning coal is not the answer, but I know that this project sounds good on paper, but this will affect the (tributaries) of the Muskingum river and will also affect the ecosystem of the Ohio River.

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