Colorado

Nov 16, 2009 7:23 AM by Associated Press

Aspenites question impact of hydroelectric plant

The city of Aspen says building a hydroelectric plant would reduce the community's greenhouse gas emissions. Environmentalists say it could also drain area creeks.

Some area residents want the proposed project to go through a full environmental review. The city has applied for an exemption from a full federal analysis. City officials are taking public comments on the proposal and say a more comprehensive review is possible if there is enough concern or there are issues they haven't considered.

Aspen wants to build a 1,880-square-foot hydropower plant that would draw water from Castle and Maroon creeks to generate electricity. Area residents are concerned about the potential effects on wildlife and water rights.

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