Stop Bonneville Power from desecrating sacred Modoc-Pitt land!
Come Monday's Rally To Protest the Medicine Lake Geothermal Project at Bonneville Power Administration headquarters on Monday March 17 at 1 p.m!
The Medicine Lake Geothermal Project will open up National Forest roadless areas near Mt. Shasta to "green" energy exploration. Portland residents will be using some of the energy produced from this project. Sacred First Nations sites will be desecrated by the project, while recreation opportunities will be limited and large tracts will become off-limits to the public. This project was originally denied, but the Bush administration recently reversed that decision. Calpine corporation is the ENRON-associated entity backing the project, but won't go ahead without the Bonneville Power Administration's final approval. Monday afternoon is the day to tell the BPA how we feel about this project - and having the energy generated from such projects flowing into our homes! The Bonneville Power Administration is now deciding whether to approve the Medicine Lake Geothermal Project. A rally might be just the thing to get them to cancel this project. The Rally will be held at the BPA headquarters at 905 NE 11th near the Lloyd Center at 1 p.m. Monday March 17th. For more information go to www.cascadiasummer.org or call (503) 957-5572, or (503) 2414-4879.
Also, if you want more information, this Friday March 14 at 7 p.m. there will be a slideshow presentation and discussion about threats to the entire Klamath-Siskyou ecosystem, including the Medicine Lake Geothermal Project. There will also be video and information about cascadia summer, a summer of resistance to the onslaughts being launched against the forests of cascadia. This presentation and discussion will be held at Liberty Hall.
This article recently published in the Earth First! Journal, Eostar 2003 Issue explains more about the seriousness of this issue and why opposition is needed from places like Portland where our voices can (hopefully) lend weight to the resolutions and findings made by both the International Indian Treaty Council and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, that have so far been ignored by this racist capitalist governmental regime dominating environmental policy. Otherwise we will eventually be sold this "green" energy taken from the lands held sacred by the Modoc and Pitt River Tribes. The cities need to oppose this loudly. Few people live in this area and their voices are being ignored.
THE ENERGY OF MEDICINE LAKE
Green energy: the Holy Grail of environmentalism, the free lunch, a perpetual motion machine. In other words, impossible. First it was the "peaceful atom" of nuclear power. Then they said hydro was clean (all you had to do was ignore river ecosystems). Wind power kills tens of thousands of birds every year. And geothermal? Take a look at Medicine Lake in northeastern California.
Before it was a lake, it was a volcano. Maybe IS still an active volcano; time will tell. This is a special place with a special kind of energy, literally. the clues are all around: lava tubes, obsidian flows and large craters. the skin that separates sky above and fire beneath is thin here - the molten core of Mama Earth is just below the surface.
What should people do with so much energy so near by? The native folks do ceremony. Modoc and Pitt River Tribes know Medicine Lake as their place of origin. Klamath, Shasta, Karuk, Wintu and other people pracice and heal here as they have for at least 10,000 years. Despite the prevalent recreational use of the area, large roadless places and rare species remain.
But the Bush administration sees that energy a different wat, as something that it can sell. the government has identified up to 134,000 acres of public land in the forests around Mt. Shasta that could be developed for geothermal power. The Telephone Flat Project at Medicine Lake is one of the first projects scheduled. the Bush Administration has just given the go ahead, even though the Modoc National Forest had previously found that the ecological and spiritual impacts of the Telephone Flat Project were too great.
The power plant would encompass over 5,000 acres of national forest that is home to spotted owls, eagles, martens and flacons. the project would include up to 12 well pads, each with a million gallon sump pond, as well as cooling towers, pipelines and the tallest building in all of northeastern California which would be fullyn lit around the clock. Electricity generated from this remote location will require a four-mile swath for poerlines cut straight through the forest. this will connect to a 21-mile-long clearcut for another feothermal project already approved.
The International Indian Treaty Council passed a resolution that declares the Telephone Flat Project a human rights violation. The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation found that the "costs to historic resources of our nation are too high." But in November, the Modoc National Foerst reversed its decision and gave approval to begin "development."
Approval was granted to Calpine Corporation, the world's largest producer of geothermal power. In Boca Raton, Florida, it manufactures tubines. in Folsom, California, it is constructing what it boastas is "the largest energy center in the history of the world." And in houston, Texas, it manages more than one trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves and an evergy trading organization.
Does energy trading in houston ring any bells" Enron and Calpine have a lot in common. Both have a history of rapid corporate growth that is too fast to be belived. Both are being investigated for collusion in illegally manufacturing California's "energy crisis." And both have a ahistory of sizable contributions to Bush and the Republican Party.
So waht is Calpine going to do with its new windfall from the public land? It is going to ignore the habitat destruction, toxic air emissions and the degradation fo the aquifer that feeds the largest spring system in California. It has plans to sell this electricity at premium prices with a "green energy" tag to unsuspecting customers in places like Portland and Eugene, Oregon.
All energy production comes with ecological impacts. Only through a massive reduction in electricity generation can we begin to approach something sustainable. Ask yourself: in this era of a dying planet, what use of electricity is justifiable other than to liberate the Earth?
Gather a group of active people and visti Medicine Lake. Wake up early and from the ice crystal beach, watch the smoke on the water rise as the fish jump for insects, and the birds dive for fish. thank the Water, accept the healing energy and ask how to help. Calpine is big; its assets are widespread. Possibilities for action are manifold.
You can also contact Calpine's Director of Marketing, Brian McDonald, at (503) 223-2300. Let him know that you are developing a campaign to organize against the ecological destruction and indigenous genocide connected with Clapine's Telephone Flat Project. Write to Clapine's corporate headquarters at 50 W. San Fernando, San jose, CA 95113.
For more information, contact (503) 957-5572; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.mountshastaecology.org.
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