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Gatekeeping for…?

April 27, 2010

Here’s a quick follow-up to our last post on the legislative battle over interbasin transfer regulations. The Atlanta Business Chronicle did an excellent story on Friday detailing the current status of proposed IBT regulations. The lead of the story includes this gem from Senate Natural Resources committee chairman Ross Tolleson: “I’m the gatekeeper here.”

Tolleson adds, “If I wasn’t, an interbasin transfer bill would be flying out of this building like a streak of greased lightning.”

So, who is Sen. Tolleson gatekeeping for? The story goes on to quote a Georgia Chamber of Commerce leader arguing against the bill, so that’s a pretty good clue. Unfortunately the Chamber’s John Krueger argues that the IBT regulations could be economically “devastating,” which wouldn’t seem to be true when we’re talking about relatively mild regulations, not prohibitions. (And what about the devastation that could be done to communities that stand to lose water if no regulations exist?) The story also notes that IBT regulations didn’t show up in the report from Gov. Perdue’s Water Contingency Task Force last year, despite the fact that so many IBTs received attention in that report.

The legislative session is set to wrap up this week, so stay tuned.

-Ben Emanuel

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Paul DeLoach permalink
    August 12, 2010 8:36 am

    Ben: do you have a listing of existing IBT’s in Ga and the withdrawal amounts or permitted amounts??


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