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Coalition Letter to Terra-Gen

Simulation showing what the view from Scotia would look like after large turbines are installed atop Monument Ridge. Photo courtesy of Terra-Gen.

Editor’s Note: The letter below was sent to Planning Director Ford and reflects the opinion of the major conservation organizations of the North Coast. Our organizations are not opposed to wind energy development but recognize that such development much include proven mitigation measures to reduce impacts to wildlife. The project, as conceived in the draft environmental impact report, lacks these measures and is therefore incomplete. A final environmental impact report is expected at the end of September.

Sent via email to [email protected] on date shown below

September 11, 2019

Director John Ford
3015 H St
Eureka, CA 95501

Dear Director Ford,

On behalf of the Environmental Protection Information Center, Northcoast Environmental Center, Humboldt 350, California Native Plant Society, Redwood Region Audubon, and Redwood Chapter of the Sierra Club, please accept this letter on the proposed Terra-Gen wind project.

Our organizations urge rapid action at the local, national and international scale to address our climate crisis. In Humboldt, emissions associated with electricity use account for approximately 13% of total county carbon emissions, according to the county’s forthcoming Climate Action Plan. We encourage the development of clean energy projects but recognize that wind energy development can have detrimental impacts to the natural environment. In most circumstances, these impacts can be minimized and mitigated to acceptable levels through sound planning, siting, and imposition of the best available technology. Here, as acknowledged in your draft environmental impact report, given the largely undeveloped landscape and presence of at-risk species, the Humboldt Wind Project will have significant impacts to the environment. At present, these impacts have not been minimized or mitigated to an acceptable level. While some of our organizations support the “No Project” alternative, others could support a modified project. Should the project move forward we unanimously insist that the following conditions be met:

Thank you for your attention to our concerns. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (707) 822-7711 or [email protected]

Sincerely,

Thomas Wheeler
Executive Director
Environmental Protection Information Center

Larry Glass
Executive Director
Northcoast Environmental Center

Steering Committee
350 Humboldt

Alicia Hamman
Interim Executive Director
Friends of the Eel River

Carol Pearson Ralph
President
North Coast Chapter
California Native Plant Society

Hal M. Genger
Redwood Region Audubon Society

Gregg Gold
Chair
North Group Redwood Chapter Sierra Club