Sierra Club Responds to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Approval of Klobuchar-Bachmann Bridge Bill

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For Immediate Release:  Thursday, November 10, 2011

SIERRA CLUB RESPONDS TO SENATE ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE APPROVAL OF KLOBUCHAR-BACHMANN BRIDGE BILL


On Thursday, the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee passed the Bachmann-Klobuchar bill out of committee, sending it to the Senate floor. The bill would exempt the currently proposed, massive St. Croix Crossing project from the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

“This bill amounts to a gutting of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act – to push through a massive, over-engineered and costly new bridge,” said Jim Rickard, Sierra Club St. Croix Valley group spokesperson. “The Sierra Club supports a new crossing that is less expensive and intrusive on the river, and opposes any effort to weaken the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.”

On Thursday the Sensible Stillwater Bridge Coalition concurrently released the results of an independent study done on the cost of their less-intrusive bridge design, which the Sierra Club supports. The analysis, prepared by independent engineers, found that the Sensible Stillwater Bridge plan will cost about $394 million — 57 percent of the price tag of the freeway-style bridge championed by U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

“With over 1,100 structurally deficient bridges in Minnesota alone, we call on state and federal officials to reconsider the cost and scale of the $690 million proposed design, and support a less costly and reasonable solution,” said Margaret Levin, State Director of the Sierra Club North Star Chapter.

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