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Committee advances amended permitting bill

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 8, 2013 at 3:37 pm •  Published: April 8, 2013

Nuvista Light & Electric Cooperative Inc., in a presentation to legislators earlier this session, said it is seeking to build off past studies. In 2011, it received $10 million from the state to study the feasibility of the lake as a hydroelectric site.

Executive director Elaine Brown said the group was denied a special use permit by the Department of Natural Resources to do geotechnical and geophysical work, such as bringing in a rig to drill bore holes in rocks. But she said Nuvista has gotten other permits to do raptor, fish and other research in the park.

Olson said the changes made a controversial bill more controversial. But Meyer, R-Anchorage, characterized the changes as minor, a view echoed by co-chair Pete Kelly, and Meyer said he didn't see the need to hold the bill over any more.

Neither Olson nor Hoffman objected to the bill ultimately leaving committee but Olson, in the committee report, recommended the bill not pass. Hoffman recommended it be amended.


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