Supervisor Fennell Should ‘Vote Against the Ill-Conceived Terra Gen Project,’ Says Letter to the Editor
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Dear Supervisor Fennell:
I, my family, friends and hundreds, possibly thousands of your constituents urge you to vote against the ill-conceived Terra Gen Project. I know of no-one who does not support clean, renewable energy sources. However, the proposed location is probably one of the worst locations imaginable, not only in Humboldt County, but the entire west coast, environmentally, ecologically, culturally and aesthetically. Like with any project, it’s all about location.
I truly find it hard to believe that anyone can support the project if in fact they did read the DEIR, FEIR, public comments, comments by organizations, including the Northcoast Environmental Center, Environmental Protection Information Center, Humboldt 350, California Native Plant Society, Redwood Region Audubon, and Redwood Chapter of the Sierra Club, American Bird Conservancy and the Citizens for Responsible Wind Development. In addition, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife determined that proposed location is a Category 4 site, “Project Sites Inappropriate for Wind Development.” Furthermore, I understand that the Regional Water Quality Control Board is recommending denial.
The cultural resource impacts, bird fatalities, including eagles, hawks and other raptors, marbled murrelets, migratory species, bat fatalities, planned rodent extermination, the conversion of timberland, agricultural land, increased fire danger, the unfathomable amount of wet weather grading in an area of high instability and highly erodible soils and the associated sediment transport into the Eel River as a result of this poorly located project is unacceptable.
My wife and I recently drove-up to Bear River Ridge. What a majestic spot! One could see for what appeared to be 50 miles, Trinidad, Fickle Hill, Kneeland, Barry Summit, Iaqua Buttes, Black Lassic and South Fork Mountain. These “Iron Giants” will impact the views from all these places, not to mention the nearby Humboldt Redwoods State Park, the communities of Rio Dell, Scotia, Stafford, Holmes, Shively, Hydesville, Carlotta, Fortuna and the entire Eel River Valley. While we were there, a large number of flocks of geese, an eagle, hawk and a kite flew overhead and around us. It was truly surreal to think that this environmental setting could be dramatically altered for decades if not longer.
As you know, if approved, the project will be litigated. Many commenters, including attorneys, biologists and other scientific and environmental experts believe the DEIR and FEIR are technically and legally flawed. Can the County afford another court case?
Millions of visitors a year come to Humboldt County to see our majestic redwoods, our rivers, beaches, lagoons and our dramatic coast lines. Those visitors won’t be talking about our incredible natural landscape, they’ll be asking “How did you let that happen?”
The Board’s upcoming vote will be a defining, watershed moment for all Board members and the County as a whole. How do you want to be remembered?
Kevin Caldwell, Miranda