By Miriam Raftery
April 27, 2014 (San Diego)--The California Energy Commission has granted a request from Cogentrix for a second one-year suspension of an application for the controversial Quail Brush gas-fired power plant proposed near Mission Trails Regional Park. That means the proposal remains alive, despite overwhelming community opposition.
Opponents of the project had urged the Commission to let the proposal die by denying Cogentrix’s request to extend the original suspension that expired in April. Despite a barrage of protest comments, the Commission decided to extend the suspension until April 15, 2015.
So no evidentiary hearings will take place this year that could have terminated the fossil fuel plant project permanently.
The project could move forward sooner, however, if Cogentrix files a motion to revive its application for certification sooner.
Save Mission Trails, a group opposed to the project, said the preservation of Mission Trails Regional Park and the East Elliott Open Space area are at stake, as well as the health of neighboring communities. The group the situation to a David vs. Goliath battle and urged concerned citizens to remain diligent on the issue.