Sunrise Powerlink opponents sue the U.S. Forest Service

by on January 19, 2011 · 5 comments

in Culture, Economy, Energy, Environment, Organizing, San Diego

The Sunrise Powerlink would look much like a similar line, the Southwest Powerlink, pictured here in 2008. (Photo by John Gastaldo - U-T)

By Onell R. Soto / San Diego U-T / January 19, 2011

Groups opposed to the Sunrise Powerlink are suing to stop construction of the big power line, claiming that federal officials broke the law when they approved it across the Cleveland National Forest.

The lawsuit is not a surprise.

Opponents of the San Diego Gas & Electric line are now in court challenging other approvals, such as those by the Bureau of Land Management and the California Public Utilities Commission.

This lawsuit, filed Friday in San Diego federal court, challenges last summer’s approval of the line by William Metz, supervisor of the Cleveland National Forest.

It is brought by the Protect Our Communities Foundation, Backcountry against Dumps, the East County Community Action Coalition, and Boulevard-based activist Donna Tisdale.

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avatar OB Mercy January 19, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Wow…I feel bad, I wasn’t aware of these lawsuits. I’m an archaeologist, and our company has worked on these projects. But we’re just trying to protect prehistoric Native American cultural resources.

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avatar annagrace January 19, 2011 at 6:21 pm

OB Mercy- I would really like to hear your story!

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avatar OB Mercy January 19, 2011 at 10:41 pm

No story really, just jobs we worked on and of course it’s always interesting when we do find something. Lots of times we don’t. Let me know if there was something specific you wanted to hear about. I do love my job!

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avatar annagrace January 20, 2011 at 11:42 am

Have you come across native American cultural resources? What kinds???? What happens when you do?

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avatar OB Mercy January 21, 2011 at 8:54 am

I work mainly on prehistoric NA sites. I don’t dig anymore, but work in the lab. I mainly speciate shells all day. That tells us what they ate. We do find projectile points, stone tools and shell beads which were considered their money. Everything gets catalogued and stored away. And sometimes it get repatriated back to the Native Americans and they might do a reburial ceremony. We also work on more recent (20th century) historic sites where we find bottles and things from that era. It’s a very cool job.

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