Letter to the Editor from Lake Powell Pipeline program director: ‘No stone is left unturned’

Stock image of Lake Powell from Pixabay, St. George News

OPINION — Dozens of local, state and federal agencies have been studying the Lake Powell Pipeline since the idea was introduced by the Utah Division of Water Resources in the 1990s.

Stantec, the global engineering firm retained for their expertise in large water projects, has conducted the preliminary engineering and design, formulated and evaluated alternatives, and completed the environmental analyses required for review.

Stantec’s work has been shared with the public and dozens of comments from individuals, organizations and special interest groups have been considered.

Several federal agencies will ultimately shape approvals for Lake Powell Pipeline. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is the lead agency, and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, Army Corps of Engineers and the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians are cooperating agencies. Every one of these entities will assess this project.

When it comes to water projects that require federal approval, no stone is left unturned. Residents of Southern Utah can be assured that there are multiple checks and balances on the local, state and federal levels. The project must stand up to this stringent review to be built.

Submitted by JOHN FREDELL, Lake Powell Pipeline program director.

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12 Comments

  • Comment January 23, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    Find a way to pay for it that doesn’t include massive propery tax hikes. I wouldn’t even care if water rates went way up, as I don’t use much water overall. But, we simply don’t trust you people. We all suspect you’ll find a way to screw us over and enrich your developer cronies and those contracted to build the thing. It really shouldn’t be that hard for you people to understand. Maybe in the end it all works out. And then again maybe it doesn’t. You’re basically saying here: trust us, we know what were doing. I and a lot of others don’t trust any of you. Billions of dollars on the line. hmm

  • beacon January 23, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    To say that “no turn is left unturned” is insulting to Washington County’s population and the state of Utah’s population. Anyone who reads the latest report by the state to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission can see easily that there is much that has not been fairly evaluated.

  • utahdiablo January 23, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    “No stone is left unturned”…and No Utah Taxpayer Wallet left unemptied …Got to throw the BS Card on you there Johnny…either make the entire state pay for this ( with a ballot vote ) or, GO TO HELL

    • bikeandfish January 23, 2019 at 10:04 pm

      No way I’m paying for that pipe dream as a resident of different county. We are already paying for the salaries of state employees wasting their time of that project.

      • Redbud January 24, 2019 at 2:24 am

        B&F I agree! I hope we don’t end up with higher water bills and taxes as a result of the pipeline. My biggest fear is no matter who we elect, who we complain to, or how we try to stop the pipeline, they will build it anyways and make us pay for it!

        • Comment January 24, 2019 at 12:29 pm

          That’s exactly what they’re going to do.

    • mesaman January 24, 2019 at 8:26 pm

      I like the simile; “no stone is left unturned, and no Utah taxpayer’s wallet left unemptied”. We don’t want it, we don’t need it, we’re going to get it because this the way a democracy works, right? GO TO HELL

      • Comment January 24, 2019 at 8:58 pm

        +1. I esp liked the GO TO HELL part. Unfortunately the reality is they’ll just be laughing all the way to the bank. And when Powell dries up they’ll still be laughing bc they’ll have already cashed out and moved away.

  • Redbud January 23, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    At the rate we’re using water, we will drain Lake Powell before Trump finishes draining the swamp!

    • Lee Saunders January 25, 2019 at 10:44 am

      That’s likely, since the swamp is overflowing more than ever.

  • iceplant January 24, 2019 at 6:02 am

    “Stantec’s work has been shared with the public and dozens of comments from individuals, organizations and special interest groups have been considered.”

    Which comments have been considered? That statement is vague and misleading.

    “…be assured that there are multiple checks and balances on the local, state and federal levels.”

    Okay. What specific checks and balances are being performed? Can you list them so we actually know?

    Instead, you throw out blanket statements and tired cliches like “no stone is left unturned.” You could have been much more specific and to the point. This letter reads like someone trying to cover their arse before they go ahead with a project so controversial the lawyers already have their bags packed when it all goes south.

    WE DON’T WANT YOUR PIPELINE.

    • Comment January 24, 2019 at 12:31 pm

      Really, the only thing being “considered”: $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$… cha-ching

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