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Part 5: Exposing Fargo Moorhead (FMDA) and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

Part 5: Exposing Fargo Moorhead (FMDA) and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

WRRDA 2014 was so stuffed full of pet projects that of the 514 votes cast between the house and senate, only 11 dissented. It’s not like the entire U.S. Congress took a hard look at the FMDA project and considered it worthy.

Case Civil No. 13-2262 (D530) | US District Court, District of Minnesota (MN DNR SUR-REPLY BRIEF)

Case Civil No. 13-2262 (D530) | US District Court, District of Minnesota (MN DNR SUR-REPLY BRIEF)

An April 27, 2016 Corps’ Memorandum similarly shows that the Corps understood the PPA could not be signed unless the Corps provided assurances that the congressionally-approved Requirement was met. Ultimately, the Corps agreed to the Requirement limiting the Corps’ ability to enter into the PPA, took the money, and then abdicated its responsibility to assess the state regulatory and permitting issues affecting the project. The Corps simply ignored the state regulatory issues.

Tax Incentive Development Waste

Tax Incentive Development Waste

Having paid $10,499,000 to the club for its old clubhouse and pool, you get to pay for the new course and clubhouse but are unwelcome there because it’s PRIVATE!

Oxbow, ND - Land of Golden Parachutes and Private Golf Course

Oxbow, ND – Land of Golden Parachutes and Private Golf Course

The “black cloud” hanging over Oxbow, ND is not flood waters, lack of home sales or refinancing. It is the inequity created by Oxbow’s elite in an opportunistic effort to orchestrate golden parachutes for around 40 homes and the Exclusive Oxbow Country Club.

Case Civil No. 13-2262 (D425 and D426) | US District Court, District of Minnesota (Preliminary Injunction)

Case Civil No. 13-2262 (D425 and D426) | US District Court, District of Minnesota (Preliminary Injunction)

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Motion and Memorandum in Support of Preliminary Injunction against the Fargo Dam and FM Diversion Project.

Oxbow, ND Buyouts and Tax Valuations

Oxbow, ND Buyouts and Tax Valuations

Oxbow, ND Buyouts Greatest to Least – Cited Source: Director of Equalization, Cass County, ND

Wealthy Welfare Oxbow, ND (Part 4)

Wealthy Welfare Oxbow, ND (Part 4)

So what did the taxpayer get for their $78.5+ million spent thus far?

Hogs at the Trough, Part Deux

Hogs at the Trough, Part Deux

A quick FYI on P3: the up-front cost of P3 is $400 million as the federal share under P3 drops from $850 million to $450 million. So P3 has to generate savings of $400 million (yes, $400,000,000) before it can save you a dime.

Whitney's Witless Water Whining

Whitney’s Witless Water Whining

Think about this…, the Fargo Dam and FM Diversion Authority and the USACE intentionally downgraded the 2009 flood crisis to a 50 year flood event, which would make a 100 year flood event seem even more dangerous and unrealistic, then project proponents try to invent a theoretical “what if” crisis 5 times larger than the 100 year flood event they claim has not yet occurred to justify their agenda.

Here Comes The Judge

Here Comes The Judge

Even more interesting is this email I received from Oxbow Mayor Jim Nyhof in 2012, clearly stating: “These lots, in Oxbow anyway, are nothing we would ever try to protect.” So which is it Jim…, is Oxbow flood prone or not?

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