VIEJAS BAND OF KUMEYAAY INDIANS FILES APPEAL OVER POWERLINK

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Reprinted with permission from East County Communities Action Coalition (ECCAC)

May 6, 2009 (San Diego’s East County)--On March 23, 2009, the Viejas Bank of Kumeyaay Indians filed their appeal against the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) challenging the agency’s “Record of Decision” on the Sunrise Powerlink.

The appeal states that SDG&E’s proposed transmission line will impact sacred Native American cultural and religious sites, among other noted impacts. In addition, the appeal states that the BLM failed to (meaningfully) consult with the Viejas Band on the impacts of the project, as required by Federal law, before approving the project.

This appeal brings the number of BLM appeals to at least three. On March 21, 2009, the Protect Our Communities Foundation, ECCAC, and Back Country Against the Dump filed an appeal against the federal Bureau of Land Management, and on March 11, 2009, Kathryn Rhodes and Conrad Hartsell, MD of Pt Loma filed their appeal.