PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: CITIZENS FIGHT BACK AGAINST OCOTILLO WIND PROJECT

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May 17, 2012 (Ocotillo) –Robert Lundahl spotted these signs posted by residents and environmentalists, who are mobilizing to inform the public about negative impacts of the proposed Ocotillo Express wind energy facility.

The site borders Anza Borrego Desert State Park on Bureau of Land Management public lands.  If built, 450-foot-tall turbines would produce electricity for transmission over Sunrise Powerlink. 

Residents have raised health and safety issues including impacts of low-frequency sound and dirty energy, as well as concerns over destruction of wildlife habitat and views in this fragile desert environment. 

Imperial County’s Board of Supervisors will consider an appeal from opponents seeking to reverse the planning commission’s approval on April 24.   

 


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I agree

I absolutely agree with the people there. They are concerned about their health with sensible reason.
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 Regardless of prop speed,

 Regardless of prop speed, wind turbines are a hideous blight that destroy the land. Yes, it's good to see these residents fight back, but let's face it: all alone and without the collective protest of the broader San Diego and Imperial County communities, their odds of defeating this Goliath are slim. Regardless of where you live, if you love the desert--cherish our rapidly dwindling wilderness lands--you need to speak out.

 

 

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: CITIZENS FIGHT BACK AGAINST OCOTILLO WIND PR

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