Commission Gives Anza-Borrego Park Transmission Line Two Thumbs Down
11/6/2008: Last Friday, the Center for Biological Diversity and Sierra Club cleared a major hurdle in our campaign to defeat the Sunrise Powerlink, a controversial transmission line proposed for Southern California, when the state's Public Utilities Commission proposed two decisions opposing the project's current plan. The administrative law judge's proposed decision would totally deny San Diego Gas & Electric's request to build the 150-mile-long transmission line, planned to stretch from the Imperial Valley desert to San Diego and cut across Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, as well as many other protected parks and preserves. This decision, if adopted, will mean a complete victory for the Center, the Sierra Club, and Southern California, halting a project that would ravage species habitat, contribute to global warming, and pose a significant wildfire threat.
An alternative proposed decision would approve the project but deny the route through Anza-Borrego, also adopting a proposal by the Center and Sierra Club to require San Diego Gas & Electric to complete a renewable energy "compliance plan" (the first ever in California). Still, it would allow the construction of a transmission line in a high fire risk area. A final decision on the Sunrise Powerlink is anticipated in December.
Get details from the San Diego Union-Tribune. http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/center/articles/2008/san-diego-union-tribune-10-31-2008.html