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Anza Borrego Foundation Alert - Ocotillo Express Wind Farm

by Administrator 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 care about the broader desert ecosystem and who care about communities to speak up!

When
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 10:45am

Where
County Administration Office Building (2nd floor)
940 Main Street, Suite 209
El Centro, CA 92243

Why
Un-mitigable impacts include:

  • Destruction of the view shed for miles around
  • Destruction of the integrity of the Native American cultural resource area
  • Impacts to endangered bighorn sheep, dozens of which have been photographed in the past month around the edges of the planned turbine sites and throughout the Ocotillo area
  • Impacts to the protected golden eagles and other birds
  • Impacts to sensitive and rare plant species and to huge forests of ocotillos
  • Destruction of the quality of life of the community of Ocotillo
  • Addition of particulate pollution to an impaired air basin from scraping of desert soil
  • Industrialization of 20 square miles of functioning desert ecosystem.  Imagine going for a hike or camping trip to Mortero Palms, Dos Cabesa, Indian Hill or Piedras Grandes and being surrounded by 425 ft. tall noisy wind turbines.

Please come next Tuesday and voice your opposition to this project.  Carpool if you can.  Other pertinent facts: although this project will create up to 200 short-term construction jobs and there is no guarantee they will be local jobs, Pattern Energy states that under 20 permanent jobs will be created as a result of this project (again, no guarantees they will be local jobs).

If you can, in addition to attending the hearing, please send a letter to the Imperial County Board of Supervisors this week, with your reasons for opposing this project ALONG WITH any documentation or technical data on the problems with remote industrial development, with wind turbines (e.g. turbine failure and fires, impacts to human health from stirring up valley fever spores in the desert soil, etc.)

Email or mail your letter to the Clerk of the Board and c.c. the local supervisor, the staff of the planning commission and the BLM.  Addresses below:

SylviaBermudez@co.imperial.ca.us (Clerk of the Board of Supervisors)
JackTerrazas@co.imperial.ca.us (Supervisor for the district where project is proposed)
angelinahavens@co.imperial.ca.us (Planning Dept. Staff)
mariascoville@co.imperialca.us (Planning Dept. Staff)
 
The Planning Department address: 801 Main Street, El Centro, CA 92243
 
C.c. to El Centro BLM's Resources Branch Chief, Daniel Steward msteward@blm.gov and BLM District Project Manager,Cedric Perry cperry@blm.gov

Local BLM address: 1669 South 4th St. El Centro, CA 92243

Please circulate this notice or create a shorter "e-blast" to all of your email lists and to all citizens of Borrego Springs.  We need solidarity on this.  Call me please with any questions.

Thank you very much.  See you next Tuesday at 10:45AM.

Conrad Kramer

Executive Director
Anza-Borrego Foundation
587 Palm Canyon Dr. Suite 111
P.O. Box 2001
Borrego Springs, CA  92004
Office: 760-767-0446

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