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Letter: Gregory County pumped storage project will disturb peace in our community

It is an out-of-state, private, for-profit company taking our beautiful, productive land by eminent domain for private gain by generating power to sell to the highest out of state bidder.

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To the Editor:

The Missouri River Energy and MidAmerican Energy Company have been trying hard to pull the wool over our eyes. But here are a few things they don’t want you to know about the Gregory County pumped storage project.

It is an out-of-state, private, for-profit company taking our beautiful, productive land by eminent domain for private gain by generating power to sell to the highest out of state bidder. God gave us this beautiful land, please do not destroy it because of greed.

The Gregory County Commissioners were given estimates of tax revenue Gregory Co and the Burke School District will receive from this project. The South Dakota Department of Revenue has stated it does not know how much it will be taxed until construction has started. And since when do these out of state companies get to decide how much we are going to pay in taxes? Not a very trustworthy company if they think they know more than state revenue and our own county.

They told us they cut the reservoir by approximately one-half, down to 1,125 acres. This is the third plan change they’ve thrown at us since April. What they didn’t tell you, that now to generate the power they have to have for their plan, they have to have the water go up and down the tunnels and through the turbines 2.5 times more than the original plan. Therefore, 2.5 times the amount of turbulence, 2.5 times the amount of vibration, and 2.5 times the amount of sediment and sand movement. Less time for it to settle. Quicker erosion of the shoreline.

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With this project, the entire 107 miles of Lake Francis Case is pumped up and released two times per year. In other areas of South Dakota some hydroplants are not working because the Missouri River is too low. Why would it work here? Gregory County Pumped Storage Project will consume more energy than the Oahe Dam and Fort Randall Dam produced together.

Please help stop these out of state companies from invading our peaceful community.

Susan Chytka
Burke

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