SDG&E SUNRISE POWERLINK

Impacts to Deerhorn Valley & Neighboring Areas

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LATEST NEWS ARTICLES ON SUNRISE POWERLINK APPROVAL (7/18/2010)

SAN DIEGO 6-NEWS: Those Against Powerlink Say They Will Fight It In Court

SAN DIEGO - The Sunrise Powerlink has been drawing opposition from day one. Opponents have been packing meetings, they've written songs they've staged concerts and even made a film.

Will Metz, the superintendent of the Cleveland National Forest approved the project this week, which means SDG&E now has the green light to move forward and begin construction. But those against the project say their fight is far from over.

"Anytime they say that there is no risk from fires, they're lying," says Lakeside resident Laura Cyphert. She claims SDG&E is building the project for political reasons and is not recognizing the true environmental impacts the project will have. Cyphert lost her house in the 2003 Witch Creek fire. She was able to rebuild her home in the same spot. She says she's concerned the Powerlink will pose a wildfire threat. She doesn't believe the actual line will spark a fire, instead she believes the line will pose as an obstacle for firefighters.

"The project will predictably start a catastrophic fire once every ten years. That's not just my opinion, that is in black and white in an 11,000 page environmental report," says Cyphert.

San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob is also strongly against the project. "It's not for San Diego. It's not going to provide renewables over that line. There's no guarantee that will happen," says Jacob. Jacob is confident the facts and evidence will back her side up in court.

"I'm anxious to get this into Court before a judge," says Jacob.

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Eastcountymagazine.org: POWERLINK APPROVED BY FOREST SERVICE; OPPONENTS VOW TO FILE LAWSUIT

LOCAL LEADERS REACT TO DECISION WITH SHOCK & AWE

http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/3782

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SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE: Powerlink booster may have powered up too soon

Official was lobbying within 10 months of leaving the state

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/jul/15/powerlink-advocate-may-have-powered-too-soon/

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SUNRISE POWERLINK FINAL PROJECT MODIFICATION REPORT

From the figures published online by SDG&E, I joined two separate maps (called Figs 25 & 26 in the the report). The RED CIRCLE locates the intersection of Mother Grundy TT and Deerhorn Valley Road.

FULL REPORT IS HERE:

http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/cleveland/projects/sunrise-powerlink/

 

SUMMARY: VISUAL AND TRAFFIC/NOISE IMPACTS TO DEERHORN AREA

TOWERS: 8-9 large “Lattice” towers will be erected, ranging from 116 to 176 ft. tall. Each will set on a 100’x100’ concrete pads. Helicopters will be used to place the towers after they are assembled on the ground. For unknown reasons "Structure 275" is not shown on the map., but is listed as another 110 ft. lattice tower.

TRAFFIC AND NOISE: Traffic increases are due to "on-road haulage" of materials for construction and assembly. Noise impacts are also specified in the Modified Report.

PROJECT "HAULAGE" TRAFFIC (TRUCKS): The project projects more than 400 trips daily on Honey Springs and Deerhorn Valley Roads, increasing the average daily trips through Deerhorn and Bratton Valleys by 50% -150%.

Deerhorn Valley Rd West of Cinnamon

DV Rd East of Cinnamon

Honey Springs (Lyons Valley Rd to DV Rd)

Manzanita Way

950 > 1376

259 > 685

958 > 1384

62 > 402

45 %

160 %

44 %

548 %

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