US willing to build energy projects in case Snake River dams are breached

In a strong sign that the U.S. will consider breaching four controversial dams on the Snake River, a leaked Biden administration document says the government is prepared to help build clean energy projects to replace the power generated by the dams.

In what some call a “secret plan,” Washington, Oregon, and the federal government would spend more than $1 billion to prepare for breaching the four hydroelectric dams and promote fish populations. The draft agreement stops short of a federal decision to remove the dams.

However, it said the U.S. government continues to be “committed to exploring restoration of the lower Snake River, including dam breach.” The draft agreement has not been made public, but the Tri-City Herald obtained a leaked copy.


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