The Highlands comprises the largest shield volcano on this continent and is home to many rare birds and animals that live in the lava tubes, obsidian flows, old-growth forests and craters. The spring waters in this area are some of the clearest and cleanest in the country. This area, used since time immemorial for healing, ceremony and other cultural purposes by Native peoples, is sacred to the tribes of the Pit River, Modoc, Shasta, Karuk, Wintu and many others. Calpine has federal energy development leases that cover eight square miles, and if built a nine-story high power plant complex would annually produce tons of toxic hydrogen sulfide gas and other heavy metals such as arsenic and mercury.
The sacred and natural area would be clearcut to make space to build toxic slump ponds, roads, pipelines, cooling towers, and the tallest building in northeastern California, which would be fully lit around the clock. This project threatens the underlying aquifer which is California's largest spring system. Native peoples, homeowners, environmentalists and other concerned citizens have been opposing this project since it was first proposed. Ironically, the geothermal energy extracted from the area would be bought and sold as "green energy" mainly in Oregon.
In Related news: Also on Friday the Undam the Klamath roadshow began in Arcata California. At least 200 people came out for this multi-media presentation that featured Native American Rock and Roll, three indy movies about the Klamath River and native people and local speakers. The next stop on this roadshow is Ashland, OR
Energy for both of these struggles that pit Native people and other earth lovers against mega energy giants Pacific Power and Calipine will be going to to Portland, Eugene and other Oregon Cities