Crescent Bar Island Gets New SMP and FERC Says Property Rights are a State Issue

posted May 24, 2013, 6:06 AM by Site administrator   [ updated Dec 2, 2014, 5:34 AM ]
 
The Wenatchee World Online
.... Feds: Future of Crescent Bar is up to PUD, courts
By Christine Pratt    World staff writer
Friday, April 19, 2013


WASHINGTON — Federal dam regulators Thursday extricated themselves — at least for now — from the Grant County PUD’s eviction dispute with 400 property owners on Crescent Bar Island, saying that the decision must lie with the courts and the PUD itself.


The Commission has no jurisdiction to rule on private lease terms and other property rights,” an official for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) wrote in an April 18 order that authorizes the PUD’s plan to evict the island’s leaseholders and dedicate the island to public recreation and wildlife protection. “Such matters,” the official wrote, “must be resolved in an appropriate court.”

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