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Conservation Groups Want More Public Discussions on Sunrise Powerlink

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Aired 4/19/09

Conservation groups want more public meetings to talk about the proposed Sunrise Powerlink transmission line project. The Powerlink is a 150-mile transmission line. San Diego Gas and Electric says the line is needed to feed the region’s electricity needs in the next decade. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

The San Diego Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity want the state Public Utilities Commission to extend the comment period for the Sunrise Powerlink project. Sierra Club spokeswoman Kelly Fuller says more meetings are needed because of a recent SDG&E filing with the PUC.

Fuller: This project could now potentially be routed in areas that did not know that they might have the Powerlink coming through them. And so we have asked for additional scoping meetings.

SDG&E spokeswoman Stephanie Donovan says the recent filing was requested by the PUC and included routes the utility had considered and rejected. She says the utility’s preferred route takes the power lines across more than 20 miles of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park - and the utility has not proposed any other routes. Ed Joyce, KPBS News.

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