Federal Agency to Ignore California About it’s Own State Park

7 03 2008

The U.S. Department of Energy is moving forward on a plan to override California’s state utility regulators when it comes to building massive power lines through Anza Borrego State Park. “The department turned down multiple requests to reconsider its designation in October of a ‘National Interest Electric Transmission Corridor’ covering 10 counties in Southern California and western Arizona,” according to this article in the San Diego Union-Tribune. Citizens are worried are worried this might be a landgrab on the part of the power companies and developers.

Wonderful. Now California doesn’t even have a say when it comes to building power lines right through it’s own state park? This is a violation of states’ rights if I’ve ever seen one. Hopefully they will have some good sense not to destroy the land our forefathers had the good sense to protect.

Some more articles on the powerlines issue are:

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20080226-9999-1m26sunrise.html

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20080228-9999-1m28power.html

http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2008/02/27/news/top_stories/1_10_322_26_08.txt

Hawk on powerline

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