Petersburg approves permitting process for hydro-electric project

Petersburg will move forward with permitting for a proposed hydro-electric project at Ruth Lake in Thomas Bay, on the mainland north of town . The city council voted unanimously, Monday, to turn in a preliminary permit application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. There was support for the proposal at a public presentation earlier in the day. However, some residents who favored the public project also worried it could bolster controversial plans for private hydro-development at other mountain lakes in the bay.

Matt Lichtenstein, KFSK – Petersburg

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