Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on December 19, 1955 · Page 2
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 2

Greeley, Colorado
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Monday, December 19, 1955
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Page 2 GRKELEV TRIBUNE Monday, Dtc. 19, 1055 Engineering Not Politics Will Solve Columbia River Problem, Commission Told r By J O H N KAMPS WASHINGTON' Ui -- Solulion-of International problems, hindering dam construction along the .Columbia River will come out of "an engineer's slide rule and not from political- or philosophical discus- tions." So says I.en Jordan, chairman of the American section of the In* Icrnational J o i n t Commission (1JC), which has jurisdiction over problems stemming from rivers which cross the U. S.-Canadian border/ ! Jordan, former Idaho governor, was criticized last week b y ' S e n : Ncubergor (D-Ore) for an alleged "Ions record of opposition to (he federal program for the Columbia River system." . . - Neubergcr said Congress shc-uld determine whether Jordan's "profound bias arid prejudice on issues of federal, power policy" should disqualify him 'from representing the United Slates in negotiations with Canada over development of Ihe Columbia. - '· In a subsequent Interview, Jordan pointed.out t h a t , h e and Neu. berger have long held opposing views on power policies. Jordari tays he favors construction,of both federal and private dams while Meuberger advocates federal proj- tcts whenever possible. But, Jordan' said, problems con fronting development of the Columbia and Us tributaries will be solved ultimately by engineers- and not by politicians. The international goal Is to'de- velop the resources of the Coliim bia to the : fullest extent, giving eo,ual benefits'to the United States tnd Canada. · : ···' Many dam's'have been-proposed ilong the l.ZWmile Columbia which r i s e s ' a t Columbia Lake in Canada, flows 465 miles to the in tirhalional border and drains'por tioni of seven states as it crosses the. Pacific- Northwest en "route, to the ocean. · -'-'-'.- · ; Members of the IJC-'differ sharp ly on how much Ihe'Uriiled Stales thould p?.y for downstream 'newer benefits itsiiHmg-frorn planli-pro- posed in Canada.'- ; : : ' · In connection with the proposed lilca. Creek' ; D'ahv 'for' instance, acme Canadians contend the pro) ·ct wo\)ld add'tnore than a million kilowalLs of- power capacity lo downstreain -plants ' anil that" the \jmltd-Stales should pay as much is 7 mllli '.kilowatt for -it,' U. S. ' engineers 'contend- -the downstream -'power -capacity In- oroue would ibe less' than , half- million kilowatts-and · that" 7 mill would b« out of the question.' U. S, members of Ihe IJC 'also ire concerned over a proposal to divert part of the flow'of the .'Columbia into Ihe Frascr P.ivcr in Canada. Conflicting views over -benefit from the proposed Libby Dam in Montana have-prevented its con- struction. The dam would back water into Canada; ' Jordan said there should-be no conflict over benefits. "We want Canada to develop her resources to the utmost," he said. "We would 'like to see the river developed for maximum benefits from its source all (he way to the- ocean, as if t h e r e were no international border. "We want an equal balance the scales of justice. Cannd? woukl benefit from new Industrie, the United States-would bcnelit from Canadian dams, and the' United States, would pay its fair share of the benefits." Jordan said the United States h'as shown, in cases involving other \yalcrs that it can be reasonable on the issue of benefits. 1 Jordan said the IJC is getting the services of t h e ' " b e s t engineering talent in this country," : An interagenby group ji federal engineers-recently completed a 6- month study of the Columbia Hiver. Participating were engineers of the Reclamation Bureau," Bonnc- yille Power Administration, Geological' Survey, Federal Power -Commission and Army. ; Arqy engineers, reviewing their '?man control" plan for the.Colum- bia Basin, arc-expecled'lo go into the division of benefits between -the United-Stales and Canada. Jordan said that in his negolia- :ions with Cantulians : hc C9iisislcnl-j iy has advocated a policy advanced by (ho special inter-agency study made by U. S. engineers. The study was not concerned with privale-vcrsus-public power controversies. 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