UPPAC Reaction to
Final Shoreline Management Plans
environmental assessments conducted by E-PRO, the firm hired
by UPPCO/WPS, were inadequate. Their assessments did not address
the impact development would have on the project lands, including
wildlife species and water quality.
never expressed any intention of selling or developing the lands
the time the last Environmental Impact Study was conducted and
license renewal was
granted, therefore the impact to the project lands was never
considered. We want
the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to order a new Environmental
to assess the full impact to the project lands.
(Land development company) still has not revealed the development
plans for any of the flowages. There must be full disclosure
of their development plans before the impacts can be assessed
any conveyances are approved.
lead us to believe the consolidation of the campgrounds at Bond
was for environmental reasons, while in reality, they were planning
for an extensive land sale to a major developer. The decisions
to consolidate the campgrounds were made without public input.
The elimination of the dispersed campsites and campground redesign
should be re-evaluated as part of the Shoreline Management Plan
is opposed to any private, individual and cluster docks or viewing
corridors at any of the flowages. None of these activities is
consistent with the current license.
would like to see a cost of service study conducted for each
developments. The public needs to see both the benefits and costs
to the taxpayers
because the pristine character of these flowages will be lost
We Need Your Help!
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued
the notice for soliciting Comments, Motions to Intervene and
Protests. The comment period ends January
29, 2008. See the letter below which was issued for
Bond Flowage. When submitting comments, be sure to use the correct
project numbers as outlined in the FERC letter. FERC does not
accept email comments. They must be filed electronically (see
www.ferc.gov under e-filing) or by surface mail.
send written comments regarding UPPCO's planned private uses
of the project lands to:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION
Upper Peninsula Power
Company Project No. 1864-083
NOTICE OF APPLICATION AND SOLICITING COMMENTS,
MOTIONS TO INTERVENE, AND PROTESTS
Take notice that the following application has been filed
with the Commission and is available for public inspection:
Application Type: Shoreline Management Plan (SMP)
Project No: 1864-083
Date Filed: November 29, 2007
Applicant: Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO)
Name of Project: Bond Falls Hydroelectric Project
Location: The project is located on the Ontonagon River in Ontonagon
and Gogebic Counties, Michigan, and Vilas County, Wisconsin,
and partially on lands within the Ottawa National Forest.
Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power Act, 16 USC ' 791(a)-825(r).
Applicant Contact: Shawn C. Puzen, Environmental Consultant,
Integrys Business Support, LLC, 700 North Adams Street, P.O.
Box 19001, Green Bay, WI 54307-9001, (920) 433-1094
FERC Contact: Any questions on this notice should be addressed
to Lesley Kordella at (202) 502-6406, or by e-mail: email@example.com.
Deadline for filing comments and / or motions: January 29,
All documents (original and eight copies) should be filed
with: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission, DHAC, PJ-12.1, 888 First Street, N.E. Washington,
DC 20426. Please reference the project number (P-1864-083) on
any comments or motions filed. Comments and motions filed need
to carefully specify the appropriate project number in order
to avoid confusion with the SMPs concurrently filed by
UPPCO for four other projects (see item k below). Comments, protests
and interventions may be filed electronically via the Internet
in lieu of paper. See, 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions
on the Commission's web site under the "e-Filing" link.
The Commission strongly encourages electronic filings.
Description of Proposal: UPPCO filed a proposed SMP for the Bond
Falls Project to address the land use pressures and potential
impacts anticipated from the sale of adjacent non-project lands
to residential real estate developers. The project includes the
Bond Falls, Bergland, Cisco, and Victoria impoundments; the SMP
applies only to the Bond Falls and Victoria impoundments. UPPCO
is also requesting articles 416 (recreation plan) and 413 (buffer
zone plan) of the license be amended. SMPs for the Au Train
Project (P-10856-061), the Cataract Project (P-10854-080), the
Escanaba Project (P-2506-144), and the Prickett Project (P-2402-108)
were filed concurrently with the SMP for the Bond Falls Project,
and are being noticed separately by the Commission.
This filing is available for review at the Commission in the
Public Reference Room or may be viewed on the Commission's website
at www.ferc.gov using the "eLibrary" link. Enter the
docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number
field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online
Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or call toll-free 1-866-208-3676,
or for TTY, call (202) 502-8659.
Individuals desiring to be included on the Commission's mailing
list should so indicate by writing to the Secretary of the Commission.
Comments, Protests, or Motions to Intervene -- Anyone may submit
comments, a protest, or a motion to intervene in accordance with
the requirements of Rules of Practice and Procedure, 18 CFR 385.210,
.211, .214. In determining the appropriate action to take, the
Commission will consider all protests or other comments filed,
but only those who file a motion to intervene in accordance with
the Commission's Rules may become a party to the proceeding.
Any comments, protests, or motions to intervene must be received
on or before the specified comment date for the particular application.
Filing and Service of Responsive Documents -- Any filings must
bear in all capital letters the title "COMMENTS", "RECOMMENDATIONS
FOR TERMS AND CONDITIONS", "PROTEST", OR "MOTION
TO INTERVENE", as applicable, and the Project Number of
the particular application to which the filing refers. A copy
of any motion to intervene must also be served upon each representative
of the Applicant specified in the particular application.
Agency Comments -- Federal, state, and local agencies are invited
to file comments on the described application. A copy of the
application may be obtained by agencies directly from the Applicant.
If an agency does not file comments within the time specified
for filing comments, it will be presumed to have no comments.
One copy of an agency's comments must also be sent to the Applicant's
Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary.
Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Re P1864, P2402, P2506, P10856, P10854
888 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20426
ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX
We are a total volunteer organization
donating our time and paying all the bills. We are grateful to
the businesses and individuals who have helped spread the word.
But there is more to be done if we are to save the flowages in
the Upper Peninsula and have now retained legal assistance. Any
amount you can donate will be appreciated.
to donate online
If you prefer, you
send contributions to:
6063 Baker Lake Rd.
Conover, WI 54519
The Upper Peninsula
Public Access Coalition (UPPAC) is a citizens group concerned
with the sale of land owned by Upper Peninsula Power Company/Wisconsin
Public Service Corporation and its impact on surrounding project
lands around several wild flowages in the Upper Peninsula of
The land UPPCO is proposing
to sell includes approximately 7,300 acres of undeveloped and
partially developed land adjacent to AuTrain, Boney Falls, Bond
Falls, Cataract, Prickett and Victoria Flowages in the Upper
Peninsula of Michigan. Please get involved and help us demand
a new environmental impact study.
The easiest way to
get involved is to sign our On Line Petition! Also visit our "Getting
Involved" page for information on writing and sending letters
to FERC, your local representatives and area newspapers.
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