November 12, 1969
STATEMENT OF SENATOR MIKE MANSFIELD (D-MONI')
GREAT FALLS - BROWNING TRANSMISSION LINE
This year both the House of Representatives and the Senate Committee on
Appropriations have recommended the appropriation of $450,000 for the construction
of a transmission line between Great Falls and Browning, Montana. This new line
has been supported by the administration for several years now, and it is essential
to insure adequate and efficient sources of power to the cooperatives in north-central
This line has not been constructed because of prolonged negotiations between
the Bureau of Reclamation and the Montana Power Company ' in an effort to develop a
satisfactory wheeling agreement.
This year the report states, "In the event no satisfactory agreement can be
reached, the Bureau of Reclamation is directed to report to the House and Senate
Appropriations Committees and secure prior clearance before any of the $450,000
available is expended for initiation of construction of the Federal line." This
language underscores the interest that the Congress has in this project. One thing
I would like to state at this time is that I hope the negotiations between the
Federal agencies and the private utili ties will get down to the hard, cold fe.cts
in the situation or report to the Congress that it is impossible to reach an
agreement. Those who will be dependent on this new transmission line cannot waii;
any longer. I am most appreciative of the attitude that the Senate Committee on
Appropriations has maintained.in recent years.
Mike Mansfield Papers, Series 21, Box 45, Folder 33, Mansfield Library, University of Montana
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