Friday, July 11, 2008
I love it when lawyers from New York make statements like "The only thing a delay does is hurt the Navajo nation. Shame on the New Mexico government for imposing its will on Navajo sovereignty" (Durango Herald, 7/11/08, N.M. tries to stop Desert Rock permit). Mr. Maisano made this statement in response to the fact that NM is suing the EPA for more research to be done before they make a decision on Sithe Global's permit. Good old Frank Maisano, speaking for the people of the Navajo Nation. It is clear that not everyone in the nation is of the same mind as Mr. Maisano, though some certainly are. Mr. Maisano should contain his speaking points to represent his New York based company, Sithe Global Power, and let the sovereign Navajo Nation speak for itself. I would still contend that this is an environmental justice issue. Sithe Global plans to construct a power plant, using technology that is proven to have detrimental effects on the people and environment that exist within 100 miles, on the Navajo Nation and send the power well beyond the borders of the Navajo Nation. Early studies show that the mercury found in Vallecito Reservoir is very likely coming from the existing power plants in Northwestern New Mexico. Shame on you Mr. Maisano and Sithe Global for imposing your pollutants on the people and environment of the sovereign Navajo Nation and the rest of the Four Corners Region. There is no such thing as clean coal.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
As the ALP project nears completion the reality of Lake Nighthorse looms. Animas Riverkeeper is trying to keep motor operated crafts out of the lake. The loss of elk habitat is already a travesty. The presence of motors in the lake will only add insult to injury. Motors pollute the waters, interupt wildlife, and disturb the solace of an area. Make your voice heard. Keep motors out of Lake Nighthorse.