15. January 2010 06:50
Although the Sunrise Powerlink has been re-routed to avoid the Anza Borrego Desert State Park, the battle continues for many residents of San Diego's backcountry. One such community, Alpine is being faced with having 6 miles of 12 ' trenches dug along its' main artery to accomodate the 2 parallel 230KV lines. Representatives from SDG&E state that the "undergrounding" of the Alpine portion of the Sunrise Powerlink, will take two years to install; one year for the
conduits and another year to pull and
splice the massive cables.
According to San Diego County supervisor Dianne Jacob, Alpine will be "significantly impacted" by the construction.
Many Alpine residents who attended last nights town hall meeting expressed concerns with traffic flow obstruction, EMFs from the powerlines, noise from the construction and the disruption of businesses along the route.
One particular Alpine resident, Michelle Steinbuck, questioned the intelligence of routing the two 230KV lines in such close proximity to the Alpine Elementary School.
I left the meeting with a renewed hope that the Sunrise Powerlink is not a done deal. There is staunch opposition from backcountry residents who feel this project is being ramrodded down their throats.
Currently the BLM approval of the Sunrise Powerlink is being challenged in court, and the U.S. Forest Service has not issued a decision on whether or not to allow the line to go through federal lands.
If you haven't contacted Cleveland National Forest Supervisor William Metz please take the time to send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell him that Forest Service lands should not be sacrificed for this unnecessary project.
If you prefer regular mail Supervisor Metz can be reached at;
Supervisor William Metz
Cleveland National Forest
10845 Rancho Bernardo Rd.
San Diego, CA 92127