- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - Federal energy regulators have denied requests for a new hearing on the transfer of a western Montana dam to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

The Montana Public Service Commission, the Montana Land and Water Alliance and two current and former state senators had separately requested a new hearing to voice their concerns.

The Daily Inter Lake reports (https://bit.ly/1TflYJQ ) the Federal Energy regulatory Commission denied those requests last Thursday.

The federal commission said the tribal company that operates the dam, Energy Keepers Inc., had demonstrated it was qualified to hold the license and operate the facility.

The tribes took over full ownership of the dam in September after paying NorthWestern Energy $18 million. Its name was changed from Kerr Dam to Selis, Ksanka and Qlispe (SEH-leesh, k-SAHN-kah and qw-leese-PEH) Dam.

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Information from: Daily Inter Lake, https://www.dailyinterlake.com

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