SAY NO TO THE OCOTILLO WIND ENERGY FACILITY PROJECT
  • Petitioned IMr. John Rennison

This petition was delivered to:

Imperial County Supervisor
IMr. John Rennison
Chairman of the Imperial County Board of Supervisors
Mr. Michael Kelly
Imperial County Supervisor
Mr. Ray Castillo
Resource Management Specialist, El Centro BLM Field Office
Mr. M. Daniel Steward
Associate field manager, El Centro BLM Field Office
Mr. Thomas Zale
Field Manager, El Centro BLM Field Office
Ms. Margaret Goodro
BLM Project Manager for OWE
Mr. Cedric Perry
BLM CA State Director
Mr. Kenna
Imperial County Supervisor
Mr. Jack Terrazas
Imperial County Supervisor
Mr. Gary Wyatt
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
California
Sen. Barbara Boxer
California
Sen. Dianne Feinstein

SAY NO TO THE OCOTILLO WIND ENERGY FACILITY PROJECT

    1. Anita Nicklen
    2. Petition by

      Anita Nicklen

      El Centro, CA

SAY NO TO THE OCOTILLO WIND ENERGY FACILITY PROJECT. PROTECT OUR HEALTH, OUR LAND AND OUR HISTORY.

Developing alternatives to fossil fuels is essential to the survival of our species, but this is the wrong project in the wrong place.

Pattern Energy proposes to build the Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility on 20 square miles of public land around the desert community of Ocotillo, 90 miles east of San Diego at the cost of over a half billion dollars. They are proposing 112 wind turbines, each one as high as a forty story building. Most of the 266 people in the community live within two miles of the turbines.

Studies done all over the world indicate that residents living in such close proximity to turbines suffer frequently from illnesses including chronic sleep deprivation, hypertension and heart attacks as a result of the low frequency noise. Ocotillo is made up largely of senior citizens, a group which has been found to be exceptionally sensitive to the effects of the turbines.

Moreover, the project will affect the health of the other 175,000 Imperial County residents in at least two specific ways. As the desert crust is broken to install the massive turbines and to build 42 miles of service roads, large quantities of dust will be released. All the other communities of Imperial County are downwind of Ocotillo, so the 20.2% of the county’s children who have been diagnosed with asthma will likely face increased hospitalizations and absences from school. Also, we can expect an increase in Valley Fever, a fungal infection caused by inhaling the release of spores found in previously undisturbed desert soils. Valley Fever affects the lungs and according to an Arizona study done by employees of the Arizona Department of Public Health the CDC, the median duration of diagnosed cases is four months. The same study found that 41% of the diagnosed cases were hospitalized at a median cost of $33,000 per hospitalization. New cases of Valley Fever have occurred in Imperial County since the work started on the Sunrise Powerlink and many more can be expected with the much greater scope of the wind turbine project on the local desert.

There are many other concerns. The public land chosen for the project was a migration route for native Americans and is filled with unstudied artifacts. Most of the tribes of the area are opposing this project. Botanists have commented that in few places in the world have such a variety of desert vegetation. And the project area is also a habitat for big horn sheep and golden eagles.

Do we need renewable energy? Of course we do! In Ocotillo the sun shines 360 days a year, but winds are only seasonal. The amount of energy that can be produced at this facility does not justify the destruction of an established community and its surroundings. Alternatives such as solar rooftop are not even being discussed in Imperial County. This project is being undertaken because Pattern Energy is planning to build on our land and with our money--many millions of dollars in grants, loan guarantees and tax credits.

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    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. Public hearing: Say No to the Ocotillo Wind energy facility project

      Anita Nicklen
      Petition Organizer

      WHEN: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 TIME: 9:45am
      WHERE: County Administration Office Building (2nd floor) 940 Main Street, Ste 209 El Centro, CA. 92243
      * WHY: The Board of Supervisors will be discussing whether or not to approve the March 28th Planning Commission's recommendation to grant a conditional use permit (CUP) and height variance for the 425 ft. tall turbines on 12,000 acres of beautiful desert habitat adjacent to the southern boundary of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

      * We need a very large crowd of people who are opposed to this project to attend this public hearing!! Anza-Borrego Desert State Park needs defending! The park staff comments were suppressed so it is up to the people who love the park and who care about the broader desert ecosystem and who care about communities to speak up!

    3. Youtube video: fatal accident with vulture on a windmill

      Anita Nicklen
      Petition Organizer

      "While we often talk about the danger of wind turbines to birds, few have ever actually seen these kinds of incidents because access to wind farms is limited. Here’s a video from Crete that shows what happens when a vulture strays too close to a turbine’s blades. Warning, the video is graphic and shows a bird dying." http://www.audublog.org/?p=2878

      http://www.change.org/petitions/say-no-to-the-ocotillo-wind-energy-facility-project Link to our electronic petition,
      Thanks for all your support.

    4. Update: Say No To The Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility Project

      Anita Nicklen
      Petition Organizer

      Actions taken after the Imperial County Planning Commissioners approved the project on March 28,2012.
      April 10, 2012 (Ocotillo)—At least three appeals have been filed over the Imperial County Planning Group’s approval of the Ocotillo Express wind project. The appeals seek to have the Imperial Valley Board of Supervisors review the decision.

      Appeals filed by yesterday’s deadline include the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, California Environmental Law Project, and Boulevard Planning Group Chair Donna Tisdale.

      Robert Scheid, media relations spokesman for Viejas, said that so far, complaints about the project have not been taken seriously, but he is hopeful that filing a formal appeal will result in greater consideration for the tribe’s concerns. Scheid added that the Planning Commission didn’t seem to give even a nod of recognition to the neighbor's or tribal concerns.

      READ MORE at http://eastcountymagazine.org/node/9292

      Thanks for your support,

    5. Reached 1,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Monica Sharp HOLTVILLE, CA
      • 11 months ago

      Solar energy is abundant in Imperial Valley. Wind is sporadic, gusting at speeds below and above those recommend for wind energy

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    • Consuela Vargas WEST SACRAMENTO, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      Say No to Wind Mill/Wind Farm Energy. Protect our lands and our Cultural/Sacred Sites for generations to come.

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    • Joseph Geer CARDIFF, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      I have visited Ocotillo many times over the years. This must be an abomination to those who live there. I had once hoped to live there.

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    • Dennis Black SPRING VALLEY, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      I love the beauty and quiet of this area with easy access from San Diego

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    • Cheryl Reiff JAMUL, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      Archaeological and sacred sites, environmental and human communities are being violated. Abuse of resources. Destruction of community health.

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