Published July 21 2010
Dorgan securing $20 million toward Red River diversion
Dorgan, who is chairman of the energy and water subcommittee, said the money is contingent on top Army Corps of Engineers officials’ authorization of the nearly $1.5 billion project, which is expected toward the end of this year.
“It’ll be the first increment of funding for the project,” Dorgan told The Forum. “I wanted to have the first down payment available for the project when it is done to give it a good start.”
Also included in the appropriations bill is the $15 million that President Barack Obama requested to help pay for the front-end engineering and design for the project’s study, Dorgan said.
The appropriations bill containing the funding was voted out of Dorgan’s subcommittee Tuesday and will go to the full Senate Appropriations Committee later this week. Dorgan said he expects it to be approved without problem.
Among other funding for North Dakota projects, the bill also includes:Nanoscale Energy, Computationally Assisted Science and Technology, and Clean Energy Technology Research, as part of Red River Valley Research Corridor funding.
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