DavidandMichelle Ochoa 
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Re: “UPDATED: California, Oregon Governors to Make 'Major Announcement' on Klamath

The real people who fought for dam removal are not pictured or present at this agreement signing. The dams will have to come down without and it violates tribal sovereign rights. The agreement also gave deconstruction contractors a no liability pass, ask yourself, why? and who's getting the $ ? Everyone is going to go spend all their money and then we could face a major disaster with these no liability clauses, and then they will come back for more. Ranchers are being paid off and Tribes treaty sovereignty is violated. Remove the dams without the agreements to pay off all these greedy people. Many members of the tribes are not represented in these agreements.

We want the dams removed, we want the waterways restored, we want the diversions and pollution to the waterways stopped and healthy balance back to the rivers and streams, but this agreement and its parallel agreement is not only unnecessary, it is illegal in my opinion, the TC of the Klamath Tribes has no right to enter into an agreement on behalf of all the people without consent, and that gives favor to certain parties of this agreement and guaranteed water rights that are not theirs to agree to or give. We had a DIN, a dispute notice in, and without any further discussion or decision with our governing party, which is the General Council the Tribal Council reps and the Water negotiating team have been secretly and consistently meeting with these parties and leaving the will and the rights of the general membership unrepresented and unaccounted for.

They should be removed under the FERC process because they are a hazard, not including any of these agreements. Groups with interest in payouts got together to craft agreements where certain people would get paid for retiring rights, for undefined or unregulated conservation, and for guaranteed irrigator water. Also as a voter and public citizen, why would anyone enter in an agreement that effectively gives no liability for losses or damage to the subcontractors? Doesn't that sound like a disaster waiting to happen. I encourage all to read the lengthy agreements, and ask yourself, why is this in here? why is that in here? It's a move in the west to keep water abusers out of federal court litigation, which is exactly where they should be.

Posted by DavidandMichelle Ochoa on 04/07/2016 at 3:34 PM

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