Lake Powell Pipeline

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A powerful windstorm causes widespread damage and one death in northern Utah. Salt Lake City police shoot a 13-year-old autistic boy. Neighboring states criticize Utah's proposed Lake Powell Pipeline. And the latest on the development of a coronavirus vaccine. 

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Last summer, St. George in Washington County suffered 155 days of drought, the longest since records have been kept. St. George uses a lot of water thanks to its growing population and high per-capita usage. Water managers have been hoping the Lake Powell Pipeline will slake southern Utah’s thirst, but at around 140-miles long and well over a billion dollars, this is an extremely controversial project for a fiscally-conservative state. In April of this year, Kane County opted out, or at least partially.

Salt Lake Tribune

Utah's members of Congress react to the launch of an official impeachment inquiry. State officials significantly alter their plans for the Lake Powell Pipeline. And a Utah coal mine is expected to resume production -- with an eye to overseas markets.

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  A federal agency's decision to pass on permitting for much of the Lake Powell Pipeline has opponents cheering the move they say will bring increased scrutiny while supporters maintain the project is still on track.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced Thursday that it had submitted an order, saying it would only handle permitting for hydroelectric facilities in the 140-mile (225-kilometer) pipeline project.

Business Insider

Utah Congressman John Curtis is accused of ignoring sexual harassment allegations against his chief of police while he was Mayor of Provo. State Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, gets flack for not disclosing how he could benefit from the Lake Powell Pipeline project he advocated for in the legislature. And a number of Utahns are deciding whether or not to break ties with Facebook, as a global movement to delete accounts gains steam. 

The Salt Lake Tribune

On the eve of her scheduled deportation, a young mother and her two children find sanctuary at the Unitarian Church in Salt Lake City. The cost of moving the state prison is turning out to be more than lawmakers originally told the public, as the price tag nears $700 million. And the state spent $33 million to file an unfinished application for the Lake Powell pipeline. 

Newsmax.com

Recently obtained documents show how a uranium mining company pressured the Trump administration to shrink Bears Ears National Monument. Federal regulators tentatively approve moving forward with the $1 billion Lake Powell Pipeline project. And Utah Gov. Gary Herbert proposes a major bump in education funding for the state.

 

Proposed Lake Powell Pipeline Under Scrutiny

May 12, 2016
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The State of Utah has filed for a permit to build a controversial 140-mile pipeline to send water from the Colorado River to southwestern Utah, but a coalition of conservation groups says its members will fight the project.