Friday, November 21, 2014
In earlier Land Use Reports, I have mentioned a community group called NOPOC, or “Neighbors Organized to Protect Our Community.”
NOPOC is a grassroots association of Santa Cruz County residents who have been opposing the construction of a proposed power line project in the Watsonville and Aptos area.
PG&E advanced plans to build what they call a “115 kV Reinforcement Project,” which essentially means a bigger power line. If constructed, the project would have possible impacts on wildlife, livestock, agriculture, businesses, and homes in the affected area
Because of NOPOC demands, an Environmental Impact Report is being prepared, but the release of the Draft EIR has been repeatedly delayed, and now an Administrative Law Judge at the California Public Utilities Commission has decided to conduct a prehearing conference on December 12th, to investigate the necessity for the project. One possible outcome will be a determination that the proposed project is not actually needed. You can get more information at kusp.org/landuse
Let me make an observation about this latest development: Organized community participation makes a difference! In other words, if you care about something, getting personally involved, and getting organized with others who feel the same, is definitely worth your time!