Project:
Coolwater-Lugo Transmission

Why We Say NO

A 63-Mile Swath of New Transmission Lines and a Sprawling Power Substation on Fragile Desert Land

Southern California Edison (SCE) is pushing this $1 billion project in order to bring massive, industrial-scale energy developments to the High Mojave Desert. It would impose 63 miles of new high-voltage transmission lines on the High Desert and a 160-acre power substation on pristine land near the base of the San Bernardino Mountains in Apple Valley.

COOLWATER-LUGO WOULD DESECRATE OUR DESERT AND MOUNTAINS

•    63 miles of new high-voltage transmission lines and towers will spoil the scenic splendor of our High Mojave Desert
•    The new 160-acre “Desert View” power substation will create a permanent blight on virgin desert land on Milpas Drive south of Highway 18 in Apple Valley, on the edge of a quiet rural community
•    Industrial sprawl will destroy the natural rural character of the area

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IT WOULD OPEN THE FLOODGATES FOR MORE INDUSTRIAL-SCALE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT

SCE claims this $1 billion project is necessary to handle whatever energy may be generated by new energy projects. In other words, “Let us build this so that we can bring in more destructive projects to your High Desert.”

That means more irresponsible energy projects like North Peak. That means more danger to residents, more destruction of our land, including:

•    Permanent wide-scale destruction of fragile desert landscape
•    Serious health hazards (Wind Turbine Syndrome) for nearby residents resulting from low-frequency vibrations emitted 24/7
•    Irreparable harm to wildlife habitat, including protected species like the golden eagle, bald eagle, and the desert tortoise
•    Extreme risk of serious fire danger from fire-prone turbines in bone-dry vegetation
•    Impaired ability of aerial firefighters to fight fires amid a gauntlet of 500-foot wind turbines
•    Property values plummeting in a downward spiral
•    Desecration of our virgin desert-mountain skyline
•    Blinking red aviation lights that will ruin our star-filled night sky

ITS $1 BILLION COST WOULD BE BORNE BY CALIFORNIA RATEPAYERS

•    Edison admits that the ultimate cost of this project could be more than $900 million
•    California ratepayers will pay for every penny
•    Edison as a regulated utility makes money on every dollar spent
•    The bigger the investment, the bigger Edison’s profit
•    Over the life of the project, California customers will be paying billions for this boondoggle

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THE CPUC ACKNOWLEDGES THE POSSIBILITY OF SIGNIFICANT ADVERSE EFFECTS

The California Public Utilities Commission’s Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report/Statement states that Coolwater-Lugo could have significant adverse effects upon the following:

•    Air Resources
•    Biological Resources
•    Climate Change
•    Cultural Resources
•    Environmental Justice and Socioeconomics
•    Geology and Soil Resources
•    Hazards and Hazardous Materials
•    Lands and Realty
•    Mineral Resources
•    Noise
•    Paleontological Resources
•    Recreation
•    Transportation and Travel Management
•    Utilities and Public Services
•    Visual Resources
•    Water Resources
•    Wildland Fire

Additionally,  SCE’s Environmental Assessment admits that the project would have direct impact upon these sensitive or endangered species:

•    Nesting birds and raptors
•    Burrowing owls
•    Desert tortoise
•    Arroyo toad
•    Mojave ground squirrel
•    Coast horned lizard
•    Mojave fringe-toed lizard

ALTERNATIVES MUST BE CONSIDERED

•    The City of San Francisco has officially protested the project and contends that “there is ample transmission capacity” to achieve the state’s renewable energy goals in the targeted region

•    The trend is “rooftop solar” and other new technologies not requiring new transmission systems.

•    Critical Path Transmission, LLC, has proposed an alternative at less than one-third the cost of Coolwater-Lugo, with much less damage to the desert

TAKE ACTION NOW!

Tell your elected representatives that you are oppose this massive, destructive project.

Sign the petition to express your opposition to industrial-scale projects on fragile desert land.

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