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HK_Vol

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Government screws up again....
« on: May 23, 2020, 03:09:17 AM »
....why are these people in charge?

https://www.mlive.com/news/2020/05/owner-of-failed-dam-state-fought-over-wixom-lake-levels-before-flood.html

Failed dam owner fought with state over Wixom Lake levels before flood


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Owners of a collapsed dam that caused major flooding in Michigan say they were pressured by the state to maintain elevated water levels on Wixom Lake behind it, despite concerns about the structure’s ability to handle flooding. It is an accusation a state agency spokesperson calls “misinformation.”

Boyce Hydro Power LLC owners accused Michigan regulators of being more concerned with preserving aquatic life and appeasing property owners than ensuring public safety in a statement following the catastrophic Edenville Dam collapse on Tuesday, May 19.

The resulting flood has displaced about 10,000 people and focused national attention on Michigan as floodwaters inundated the Midland area. Federal energy regulators have ordered Boyce Hydro to conduct a third-party investigation.


In April, Boyce and the state sued each other in state and federal court over the company’s attempts to lower Wixom Lake, an impoundment reservoir that the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) says is home to endangered freshwater mussels that were killed by drawdowns in 2018 and 2019.

Boyce says it asked EGLE for permission to lower Wixom Lake last fall “due to concern for the safety of its operators and the downstream community.” EGLE and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources denied the request. Boyce lowered the lake without approval in mid-November “believing its safety concerns were paramount.”

Boyce sued the state on April 29 in Grand Rapids federal court, arguing the state lacks scientific validation for its endangered species concerns and should allow the drawdowns.


According to a counter lawsuit filed against Boyce by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel in Ingham County Circuit Court, the 8-foot drawdown was larger than the typical 3-feet and the exposed bottomlands resulted in the “death of thousands, if not millions, of freshwater mussels.”

Boyce claims it raised the lake this spring “under pressure" from the shoreline residents and state regulators.

“The state agencies clearly care more about mussels living in the impoundment than they do about the people living downstream of the dams,” said Lee Mueller, part owner of Boyce Hydro LLC, which owns the Edenville Dam.









billyboy75

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Re: Government screws up again....
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2020, 07:28:21 AM »
I do not trust big government.

Some of you may recall my personal story in re employment as a law clerk at TVA.

I was assigned a question:  After Tellico Dam was built, TVA had surplus shoreline property.  The question I was asked to address was what could TVA do with surplus property. 

The answer was simple, and the US Code and its charter provided a clear answer:  It can sell it.

The director of the division of law fired me 10 minutes after I signed the memo, and he tore it up, explained to me in a raised voice, TVA gets BIGGER, it does not get SMALLER.  No one, he said, who had ever worked for TVA in its 36 year history had ever suggested such a thing.  He said my manner of thinking was unacceptable for a federal employee.

Today, the area in question is Tellico Village.  TVA sold it.
« Last Edit: May 23, 2020, 08:02:08 AM by billyboy75 »

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Re: Government screws up again....
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2020, 08:47:34 AM »
If only there was a way that WE could be responsible for who is in charge. 

Some system, that allows US to collectively "appoint" someone to take care of all things, that affect all the people at once, and not just our own SELFISH WHINY LITTLE NEEDS OR WANTS. 

Oh, and they have to become robots, incapable of fault. Because we don't want any human error of any kind, since we're obviously perfect. 

That way, if they screw up, we really only have our own selves to blame, for putting them there. 

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« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2020, 08:58:24 AM »
No Government official will be fired or even repremanded.
However, many from the private sector will be charged with crimes and the company fined millions of dollars.
That's how the system works.

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