California Governor Newsom urges Warren Buffett to stick with Klamath Dam Agreement

Klamath Falls News

On July 29th, California Governor Gavin Newsom sent a letter to Warren Buffett and leaders at Berkshire Hathaway urging the company to stick to an agreement to remove four aging Klamath River hydroelectric dams along the California-Oregon border.

Berkshire Hathaway is the parent company of PacifiCorp, which owns and operates the dams.

PacifiCorp is now threatening to walk away from the agreement and instead pursue the much riskier process of relicensing the dams.

Governor Newsom’s letter reads, in part:

Since time immemorial, the indigenous peoples of the Klamath Basin have stewarded the Klamath River, the second-largest river in California and once the third-biggest salmon­producing river on the west coast. It served as a centerpiece of community, culture, and sustenance. Then beginning 100 years ago, construction of dams threatened this way of life, devastated salmon runs and altered the characteristics of the river itself. A century later, the river is sick, and the Klamath Basin tribes are suffering.

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