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Judge 'Outs' Himself

by Cowlitz PUD Board
The Daily News, May 7, 2012

Map showing location of 4 lower Snake River dams and reservoirs being considered for removal The turbulent and murky waters of salmon recovery became clear through the revealed bias of Judge James Redden. The judge presides over the Columbia River Biological Opinion and his delays and modifications in that Bi-Op have driven up the cost of electricity. In a recent interview with Outdoor Idaho, Redden confirmed suspicions that he desires to remove dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers. For years the judge has acted as a dam, stopping the flow of efforts by public utilities to keep your electric bills low.

About 25 cents of every dollar our customers spend on electricity pays for fish recovery. Judge Redden has wasted millions and millions of PNW ratepayers' dollars and the veil is now completely off.

Partnering with Northwest RiverPartners -- an organization for sensible, science-based salmon recovery -- Cowlitz PUD fights diligently on its customers' behalf to control electric costs while supporting efforts to utilize sound science to best recover salmon.

The judge's actions may constitute an improper bias influencing his previous costly ruling. This should be further investigated to determine if sanctions are appropriate.

Cowlitz PUD Board: Edward M. Piper, Secretary; Merritt H. Ketcham, Vice President; Mark McCrady, President; Cowlitz PUD Board of Directors
Judge 'Outs' Himself
The Daily News Journal, May 7, 2012

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