One bit of context didn’t make it into my story today about the potential for San Diego Gas & Electric’s Sunrise Powerlink to avoid crossing Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

Just because SDG&E is supporting a path that won’t cross the park (or run by Julian and Santa Ysabel) doesn’t mean that it faces less opposition. It just means that different people are unhappy.

I got a couple of e-mails from readers this morning who live or own land near a newly proposed southern route for the high-voltage transmission line. Gregory Lansing, who said he owns 8,000 acres near Boulevard, isn’t pleased with the southern route, which would pass nearby.

He wrote:

I find it hard to believe that any rational person or jurisdiction would be more concerned with a power line going through the Anza-Borrego desert than through a multitude of private land owners and populated areas. Have we truly come that far that we are more worried about disturbing a bug or plant than humans and their homes? This attitude simply shows the lack of logic of many Americans. Being that the Anza-Borrego Desert is about 30 miles by 50 miles this line will look like a thread across the top of one’s desk.  No one will even know it is there. … Shame on those environmental groups who fought it.


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