the film
Economic and dam related articles

10-Year Power Deal Ensures
Jobs for 625 Alcoa Workers

by Associated Press
The Columbian, December 9, 2012

Jeff Ketchup, left and Cheyenne Cooper work in the cast house at Alcoa Intalco Works west of Ferndale. FERNDALE -- A new, decade-long electric power supply deal is ensuring jobs for hundreds of aluminum smelter workers in Whatcom County.

The Bonneville Power Administration and Alcoa Intalco Works signed the contract Friday. The Bellingham Herald reports that the deal ends years of job uncertainty for 625 Alcoa workers.

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, Gov. Chris Gregoire and U.S. Reps. Rick Larsen and Suzan DelBene were on hand as the agreement was signed.

Power supply disruptions led to the shutdown of most of the other aluminum smelters in the region over the past decade, and it idled Intalco for a time. Alcoa officials repeatedly warned that the smelter would have to close permanently without a contract guaranteeing long-term access to BPA's supply of low-cost hydropower.

In recent years, Intalco has been operating with shorter-term power contracts.

Associated Press
10-Year Power Deal Ensures Jobs for 625 Alcoa Workers
The Columbian, December 9, 2012

See what you can learn

learn more on topics covered in the film
see the video
read the script
learn the songs
discussion forum
salmon animation