17. August 2012 17:44
Remember a few years back, when everyon'e favorite utility company SDG&E was trying to route the infamous Sunrise Powerlink through Anza Borrego ?
Well it was good news for Park lovers when an alternate route was chosen, but unfortunately the approved southern route forever marred many pristine areas of the San Diego backcountry. In addition many so called Green projects, fueled by government subsidies and corporate greed are currently destroying miles upon miles of desert ecosystems.
The battle is far from over; grass roots efforts are springing up everywhere to stop the destruction of our natural desert resources.
In the me... [More]
1. May 2012 00:40
Ocotillo residents are fighting to preserve 12,500 acres of desert habitat from being destroyed. The 465-foot-tall industrial Wind Turbines would be visible for miles.
Large numbers of Ocotillo, the beautiful desert plant that gives the tiny desert town its' name will be destroyed.
Picture hundreds of 465 foot tall metal wind turbines as far as the eye can see. Funny part was, when we were driving around the proposed project site this past weekend, there was barely a hint of a breeze. Coincidence?
What's at stake if the Ocotillo Wind project goes thru. Following photos were provided by Gidon and were taken from Piedras G... [More]
21. April 2012 00:26
Ocotillo Express Wind Farm Map
In case you had any doubt that the Ocotillo Express Wind Farm is a huge project which will destroy miles and miles of desert habitat take a look at this interactive Google Earth Map.
Thanks to Mojave Desert BLOG for the image which I then overlaid in Google Earth.
19. April 2012 02:21
The Imperial County Board of Supervisors will meet to discuss whether or not to approve the March 28th Planning Commission's recommendation to grant a conditional use permit (CUP) and height variance for more than one hundred 425 ft. tall turbines on 12,000 acres of beautiful desert habitat adjacent to the southern boundary of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and surrounding the village of Ocotillo. We need a very large crowd of people who are opposed to this project to attend this public hearing! Anza-Borrego Desert State Park needs defending! The park staff comments were suppressed so it is up to the people who love the park and who car... [More]
1. September 2011 04:37
After driving out to Ocotillo to voice my concerns over the proposed Ocotillo express Wind Farm, I came to realize that the Bureau of Land Management's definition of "public input" was a bit inconsistent with mine.
Representatives from the BLM, Imperial County officials and Pattern Energy were all given center stage, but when it came time for Ocotillo residents and others to voice their concerns, the presentation quickly came to an end. We were told that this was an informational meeting only and comments would only be accepted via email and letters.
Personally I think the whole project makes the BLM very uneasy.... [More]
21. February 2011 01:55
We had the unfortunate surprise of finding one of the Sunrise Powerlink staging areas as we were heading out to Anza Borrego for the day. This construction yard was just south of the 8 Freeway in Jacumba near the U.S. Mexican border. If you look close you can see the Southwest Powerlink towers in the background as well as the U.S. border fence.
16. December 2010 22:29
There has been an unprecedented assault on our deserts and backcountry in the name of renewable energy. While the Anza Borrego Desert State Park was spared the bulldozer's blade back in 2008, many so called "green" projects have been popping up all over California.
Although these remote solar and wind projects may seem environmentally friendly on the surface, there is a dark side that seems to be ignored by the media.
In order to be financially viable, large scale solar and wind projects require thousands of acres of public lands to be scraped clean in order to make room for the dishes or towers. These are areas that have important bio... [More]
10. December 2010 02:35
I spent Thursday morning out in McCain Valley protesting SDG&E's Sunrise Powerlink ground-breaking ceremony along with the Protect Our Communities Foundation and other concerned San Diegans.
This high profile invite-only event had our governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in attendance as well as other Sunrise Powerlink supporters and local politicians.
Many people, myself included, would call this event premature since the Sunrise Powerlink is being challenged in the courts, but SDG&E moved forward anyway. SDG&E also unveiled its' new high tech helicopter that apparently will be helping with construction of the Sunrise Power... [More]
13. July 2010 17:33
Not that I am terribly surprised, but I was hopeful that Forest Supervisor Metz would show some backbone and stand up to SDG&E / Sempra.
Unfortunately this was not the case and Supervisor Metz caved to political and corporate pressure and agreed to let SDG&E route the Sunrise Powerlink through the Cleveland National Forest.
This is a sad day for San Diego and anyone who likes to get out and enjoy nature with out the tell-tale signs of man.
The character of the Cleveland National Forest will be forever changed due to corporate greed, deceitful tactics and the unwillingness of the US Forest Service to put their foot down and say "No"... [More]
19. February 2010 04:32
In the small desert town of Ocotillo, CA the winds may be changing.
Pattern Energy, a San Francisco based energy company is proposing to turn 15,000 acres of public lands bordering the Anza Borrego Desert State Park into a 561 megawatt wind farm with 240 wind turbines.
Unfortunately for the small town of Ocotillo and the Imperial Valley, little would be gained as the power would be funneled to San Diego over the infamous Sunrise Powerlink.
John Calaway, Pattern Energy director of wind development states that the area would benefit from 400 construction jobs during the two year construction period of the Ocotillo Express Wind Farm.
Let me ... [More]