The Elmore County Commissioners have scheduled a public hearing in our county courthouse at 1:30 p.m. On Friday, December 14, 2018. The purpose of the hearing is to gather testimony regarding two possible amendment issues involving the development agreement between the county and Cat Creek Energy, LLC.
The complexity and unknowns involving this possible Cat Creek Energy mega-project continue to grow. And now the county commissioners and the Gooding, Idaho based corporation want to discuss amending a portion of an agreement they signed on February 9, 2018.
NOTE: Public testimony will be accepted at this hearing. We hope opponents of the Cat Creek Energy project will attend this meeting or provide written testimony prior to the hearing.
Public testimony will be accepted at a 1:30 p.m. hearing on Friday, October 5, 2018, in the Elmore County Courthouse regarding the Cat Creek Energy project. This public meeting was made necessary when the county commissioners refused to approve Cat Creek Energy’s previous draft amendment during a September 7, 2018 hearing pertaining to a development agreement between the fledgling energy company and the county. For more info see http://catcreek-energy.com/commissioners-select-oct-5-for-a-new-cat-creek-energy-public-hearing/
On Friday, September 7, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. in the Elmore County Courthouse, the commissioners will hold two meeting regarding the Cat Creek Energy project and we want you to be there to stand silently in opposition to this mega-construction plan.
The first meeting will deal with 26 different issues Elmore County has concerns that they might not have given proper consideration to in many of the previous meetings held during the past 2.5 years. Some of those issues deal with the location and size of the 39 wind towers they wish to put up on Camas Prairie and electrical transmissions lines that could run helter-skelter through our backcounty. Plus we believe the threatened “Sage Grouse” certainly wouldn’t do well around those transmission lines or wind turbines.
Do we want wind turbines spread out from the Pine-Featherville Road and in the future possibly right down Highway 20 to the Teapot Dome area?
The subject of the second meeting is about a development agreement Cat Creek Energy wants to amend regarding the planned reservoir on Little Camas Prairie. There are a host of problems associated with this reservoir John Faulkner want to build. The worst issue is the very real possibility of a toxic blue-green algae cross-contamination bloom spreading into Anderson Ranch Reservoir.
“Who wants blue-green algae to close down recreation on Elmore County’s fishing and boating mecca?”
On Aug. 24, 2018, starting at 2:30 p.m. the Elmore County Commissioners will hold a two separate public hearings/meetings regarding the very complex Cat Creek Energy project. Both events will take place in the basement of the Elmore County Courthouse building at 150 South 4th East St, Mountain Home, ID 83647.
#1. 2:30 p.m. on Friday, August 24: “The First Amendment Relative to the Cat Creek Energy, LLC Conditional Use Permits” hearing pertains only to the official “Water Diversion and Delivery” issue from the proposed construction of the Cat Creek Reservoir on Little Camas Prairie. Please remember, this proposed reservoir will be interconnected with Anderson Ranch Reservoir and Little Camas Reservoir where toxic blue-green algae bloom health advisories are in effect for that body of water. This is a big deal, as toxic cross-contamination from Little Camas Reservoir to the fishery in Anderson Ranch Reservoir is a possibility.
Public testimony will be accepted during this hearing. If you cannot attend this meeting, you can provide written testimony to the Elmore County Commissioners prior to the public hearing.
#2 Friday, August 24 after 2:30 p.m: Immediately following Hearing #1, the Elmore County Commissioners will hold deliberations regarding the July 26, 2018, Cat Creek Energy rehearing.
Normally, no further public testimony is accepted after a public hearing but there may still be a small window of opportunity to provide feedback to County Commissioner Wes Wootan and County Commissioner Bud Corbus.
As of Aug. 13, 2018, we are working on getting an email address for the commissioners.
Other Contact Info: Elmore County Commissioner ATTN: Commissioner Wootan and Corbus 150 South 4th East Street Mountain Home, ID 83647