Sierra Club activist Kelly Fuller today announced her intention to walk 78 miles through the desert along the route of San Diego Gas and Electric's controversial Sunrise Powerlink transmission line project.
The walk will begin at the Imperial Valley Substation near El Centro in Imperial County on Tuesday, April 11 at 10am and end on Thursday afternoon, April 20 at the Warner Substation near Warner Springs in San Diego County.
and supporters are walking the route to document possible harm from the line on the fragile desert environment and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and have invited SDG&E
executives and state and federal decision makers to join in the trek.
Kelly's walk is supported by five other conservation groups the Anza-Borrego Foundation
, California Wilderness Coalition
, Center for Biological Diversity
, Desert Protective Council
, and Friends
of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
"The Powerlink is an awful project that will harm our public lands so we're going into the field to experience and document the desert in its current state," said Kelly Fuller of the Sierra Club.
"I'm inviting dozens of SDG&E
executives and government officials to join us on the walk because it's crucial that they experience for themselves the land, wildlife, and communities that will be harmed by this unnecessary and destructive project."
David Hogan, Urban Wildlands Program Director for the Center for Biological Diversity, said, "Kelly's walk will be invaluable for gathering information and highlighting the stampede by greedy corporations to exploit the desert for energy without looking at other, less destructive alternatives."
Terry Weiner, Imperial County Projects Coordinator, the Desert Protective Council, said, "We applaud Kelly Fuller and the other citizens who will walk the proposed route of the Sunrise Powerlink through our fragile, irreplaceable desert.
For more information, please visit www.biologicaldiversity.org, www.raasp.org, and Kelly Fuller's
Blog at www.kdfuller.blogspot.com.