~tatement of Senator Mike Mansfield
Insofar as my position on the Paradise proposal is concerned it is the
same as my position has been on Hungry Horse and is at the present time on both
Libby and Yellowtail. The criteria which has guided me in my consideration of
these proposals have been as follows:
( 1) Is the clan feasible and will it be of benefit to Montana?
(2) Pre a majority of the people directly affected in the area which will
cover the project in favor of it? In order to find this out, it would be necessary
to have a specific proposal showing the approximate area to be incorporated within
the plan. P s yet there has been no definite proposal and no definite recommend ation.
The purpose of the hearing held in Missoula on October 21 was to ascertain
what the people of Montana thought so that the Corps of Engineers would have that
consideration at its disposal, as well as the physical possibilities, when the
matter was up for final consideration by them.
(3) Will such a proposal, if a recommendation in favor of it is made,
incorporate within it - and without question - the protection which the Hungry
Horse P ct affords in guaranteeing to Montana the maximum possible amount of
power for use within the confines of the State of Montana. J>. s the author of the
Hungry Horse authorization bill in the House. I was able to have such a stipulation
contained in that I' ct, and to my knowledge it is the only authorization containing
such a commitment that has ever been passed by the Congress.
In other words, this proposal must be feasible, it must be in accord with
the wishes of the majority of the people directly affected, and it must absolutely
guarantee to Montana the maximum amount of power possible for use within the
What I want to see, in line with my previous and well-known support of
Hungry Horse, Libby and Yellowtail is that every possible consideration and protection
will be given to the ~tate of Montana in the development of this extremely
valuable natural resource . I would point out that, as an illustration, Hungry
Horse b-rought in new industry, broadened the tax base, created greater employ ment,
lowered REP. rates, increased the valuation of Flathead County from approximately
36 million dollars before Hungry Horse to approximately 86 million
dollars at the pre sent time. Furthermore , all this was done without harming
anybody in the ~tate of Montana, but, as a matter of fact, benefiting everybody.
I should like to point out that nothing definite can be done in relation to the
Paradise proposal until a final recommendation is made by the U. S . P rmy Corps
of Engineers . I am hopeful that its recommendations would be forthcoming at the
earliest possible moment so that this proposal could be finalized and the feeling
~f uncertainty in connection with it brought to a head.
Mike Mansfield Papers, Series 21, Box 40, Folder 2, Mansfield Library, University of Montana
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