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Gianforte Hails Court’s Decision to Allow Construction to Proceed at Intake Dam

April 4, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte released the following statement after the Ninth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals vacated a lower court’s injunction against the project. The court’s finding will allow construction of the diversion passage at the Intake Dam to proceed.

“Today’s injunction is a win for the 400 Montana family farms that rely on the Lower Yellowstone Project for a reliable source of water,” Gianforte said. “For too long, environmental extremist groups have used frivolous lawsuits to tie up the project and threaten farmers’ livelihoods. I’m thankful the court overturned the injunction, and I’ll continue serving as a strong voice for Montana and protecting our way of life.”

James Brower, manager of the Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project, applauded Gianforte’s efforts: “The Montana and North Dakota Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Districts are grateful for Congressman Gianforte’s continuous efforts on Intake. I have never seen any other legislator work week after week for their rural communities.”

Background:

On February 14, 2018, Gianforte drew attention to Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project (LYIP) during a hearing titled “The State of the Nation’s Water and Power Infrastructure.” The Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans (WPO) of the House Natural Resources Committee conducted the hearing.

On November 20, 2017, Gianforte highlighted LYIP and the pallid sturgeon at a hearing of WPO on a bill to streamline water projects.

On November 15, 2017, Gianforte took to the House floor to urge the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) to move forward with the work on the LYIP.

On August 15, 2017, Gianforte called leadership of ACE to reinforce the importance of the project, particularly as it relates to Montana’s sugar beet farmers.

On July 23, 2017, Gianforte toured the Lower Yellowstone Intake Project with key stakeholders as part of his tour of Montana’s 56 counties.

On July 11, 2017, Gianforte and members of the Montana and North Dakota congressional delegations sent a letter to ACE and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to urge them to remain committed to the project during litigation.

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