UTILITIES: Private Power Wins

The long battle between public and private powermen for the right to develop Hell's Canyon finally ended. By refusing last week to review the case for public power, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Federal Power Commission's 1955 judgment in favor of private power. That judgment ruled in effect that private enterprise is preferable when it stands ready to serve the public interest quickly and efficiently.

At issue in 1955 had been two alternate ways to dam the turbulent Snake River between Idaho and Oregon: 1) a single, high federal dam costing...

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