Seneca Nation Receives Initial Kinzua Hydro Permit

The Seneca Nation of Indians received good news on August 11 when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted the Nation a preliminary permit for the Seneca Hydroelectric Project at the Kinzua Dam.

This is a positive development in the relicensing of the Seneca Pumped Storage Project by November 2015 and will increase the capacity of hydroelectric generation capability at the Dam near Warren, Pennsylvania according to a press release.

Receiving a preliminary permit gives the Nation the right to begin studying the feasibility of the additional hydropower and priority when it comes to full permits.

“This is a positive first step in what will be a lengthy process that started last November in the Seneca Nation’s determined effort to win back the Kinzua Dam, the Allegany watershed and our flooded ancestral lands, and use them for the benefit of our bi-state region,” said Seneca Nation President Robert Odawi Porter.

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