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Senecas May Enter Energy Business
The power plant license at the Kinzua Dam expires in 2015
BUFFALO (2007-10-08) The Seneca Nation plans to take an active role in the future of the hydro-electric plant on the Kinzua Dam on the Allegheny Reservoir, a plant which relies on the lake covering Seneca land.
When the dam was built in the Sixties, the Army Corps of Engineers siezed 10,000 acres of Seneca land for the project.
Seneca President Maurice John says the nation has recovered that land under water.
With the license for the power plant running out in 2015, he says the nation wants to take an active role in who gets the electricity and the profits from a re-licensed dam.
"We're looking to maybe get into the energy business as a tribe because we can't just sit still and be a gaming tribe. We need to think about our future and energy may be part of that," said John.
John says the Senecas have learned a lesson from being excluded from the re-licensing of the Niagara Power Project.
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