Media Statements & Speeches
Acting Chairman Cheryl A. LaFleur Statement
February 14, 2017
Docket No. P-2100
Oroville Dam Situation
“The Commission has a team on site at the Oroville Dam spillway in California and is closely monitoring the situation. Our top priority is the safety of residents and property downstream from the dam, and to that end we are working with the California Dept. of Water Resources (DWR), the licensee and operator of the project. In a letter yesterday, we directed DWR to initiate immediate design of emergency repair to minimize further degradation of both the emergency spillway and the service spillway. In addition, DWR is to convene an Independent Board of Consultants to review current conditions, risk reduction measures, and proposed remedial options, and later perform a forensic analysis to determine both the cause of the spillway failure and whether it could occur again. However, the immediate focus of all involved remains on public safety, emergency repair, and reducing risk."