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. Look at at it this way, they are entrusted with our public lands and are expected to strike a balance between land use and conservation. Their mission statement is "to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations". Clearly there is some inconsistency here.
I had the opportunity to speak to a biologist at the meeting and he informed me that in one small section of the proposed area they found 18 Flat Tailed Horned Lizards. This was in one small section that I estimate to be about 1/10th of the total project size. In addition, golden eagles, bats and the Penninsular Bighorn Sheep would all be put at risk if this project goes through.
It is my opinion that the Ocotillo Express Wind Farm clearly threatens the health and diversity of thousands of acres of fragile desert ecosystem and should be scrapped.
There has to be some point where we stop trying to feed our insatiable need for energy and opt to preserve open spaces for the health of our environment and future generations.