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SDG&E Doesn’t Expect Lawsuit To Derail Sunrise Powerlink Project

The proposed route for the Sunrise Powerlink.
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Above: The proposed route for the Sunrise Powerlink.

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Aired 2/17/10

San Diego Gas and Electric does not expect a lawsuit challenging the construction of the Sunrise Powerlink to prevent the project from going forward.

San Diego Gas and Electric does not expect a lawsuit challenging the construction of the Sunrise Powerlink to prevent the project from going forward. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Sacramento.

The Sunrise Powerlink electrical transmission line would go through parts of Imperial and San Diego Counties.

Three San Diego County-based community groups filed the lawsuit.

The suit claims the federal Bureau of Land Management or BLM, disregarded laws to protect people and nature when it approved the 120-mile Sunrise Powerlink.

Jennifer Briscoe with San Diego Gas and Electric said the BLM decision came after an extensive process.

"We will of course defend the Sunrise Powerlink and we support the BLM and Fish and Wildlife Service process," said Briscoe. "Project opponents' actions are seeking to further delay the customer, economic and environmental benefits of this energy infrastructure project."

The $1.8 billion Sunrise Powerlink project still needs approval from the U.S. Forest Service for the portion of the line that would go through the Cleveland National Forest.

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Avatar for user 'LauraPsi7'

LauraPsi7 | February 17, 2010 at 10:32 p.m. ― 4 years, 7 months ago

SDG&E does not expect that anybody or anything can stop them. After all, they have things tied up pretty tight. The presiding CPUC Administrative law judge, Michael Peevey, was the former President of So Cal Edison, and the new CEO of SDG&E, Jessie Knight, is a former CPUC commissioner. Plus they have donated a ton of ratepayer money to the right candidates, including the Governor, who appointed the commissioners. As far as they are concerned, San Diego can just burn! It's unfortunate that the good citizens of San Diego have had to use their own hard earned money to fight this corruption. I wish them and San Diego the very best. Remember Enron. Truth does find the light.

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fireofenergy | February 20, 2010 at 10:04 p.m. ― 4 years, 7 months ago

If I lived in the way, I would be sad, perhaps I would gracefully move, for the sake of progress, especially, since the future of AWESOME solar energy is dependent on this line.
Nimbys want power, they just don't want the rest of us (and our kids) to have power because they don't want to "see" it.
This line can NOT cause any damage (other than rich mans visual), infact opposition to RE projects are quite lame, considering that fossil fuels are, well, so last century!
Do you want your kids dependent on an ever aging infrastructure, come on people `~'

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