Wednesday May 13 | Public vs. Private: Yadkin River Rights

May 12, 2009 at 8:56 am | Posted in Coming Up | 2 Comments

We’ll take a closer look at the quest for Alcoa Power Generating, Inc. to retain its control over part of the Yadkin River northeast of Charlotte. There are several opponents to their effort, including Stanly County officials who think that the Yadkin River should be in the public’s control, and not a private company’s. We’ll discuss the details behind the dispute- including environmental issues, hydroelectric power generation and the relationship between Alcoa and the Yadkin River in that part of the state. We’ll also hear about how these water management situations are typically handled and how this dispute may be resolved.
Julie Rose – Reporter, WFAE News
Gene Ellis – Licensing and Property Manager, Alcoa Power Generating Inc.
Lindsey Dunevant – Stanly County Commissioner

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  1. I understand that Alcoa licenses the water use from the federal government. If this is true, I see this as an issue of who is in the best position to serve and protect the interests of: 1st – property owners along the waterway, 2nd) property owners within the region where the river basin resides and 3rd) the citizens outside of the region in which the property resides. For example: NC Citizens do not get a share of profits from the oil fields of Alaska. Why should Alcoa and it’s shareholders expect the full profitability of our regions water assets? Shouldn’t these resources and their benefits be more closely aligned to the region where the assets reside, rather than being almost totally transferred to Pittsburg? Wouldn’t that be like Exxon cutting a deal with the federal government to use Alaskan oil resources with no compensation to the state or citizens of Alaska for the oil? I think that the region has a much stronger claim to the resources than an international corporation with no other intersts in the region. Help me understand, if I’m wrong.

  2. Dam powerful issue

    IMHO, its very cut and dried and the rest of it is glorified semantics and obsfucating moralism. Alcoa chose to close all three plants move the jobs overseas. They therefore lose the right to lay claim to profiting from the common resource of water. They got a gift in being allowed to build the dams there in the first place, and they chose to throw the gift back in No Carolinians faces by closing the plants.

    If they were to open at least one of the plants to process recycled aluminum, I would be more ameniable to letting them keep the dam operations.

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