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On August 28, Parke Ewing, an Ocotillo resident, took photos of heavy equipment being operated by Pattern Energy employees who are building the Ocotillo Wind Express Energy Project. The machinery is plowing over and crushing vegetation, and natural drainage is being altered, according to Ocotillo residents.

The land, which belongs to the Bureau of Land Management, was once carefully guarded by BLM rangers, with signposts at the trailhead of each dirt road, warning, "Off Road Activity Prohibited.”

Ocotillo residents will be in federal court on September 7 in an attempt to halt the destruction.

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surfponto Aug. 30, 2012 @ 6:27 a.m.

Why are they allowed to do this when the BLM for years has said it is a sensitive area? Guess if you have enough $$ you can do whatever you want. :( Bob


Javajoe25 Aug. 30, 2012 @ 5:06 p.m.

Got that right. I remember when the rangers used to hassle my friends and I for "walking" off the trail. Now look at what they're doing.


Twister Aug. 30, 2012 @ 8:49 p.m.

Was an environmental impact study done? What are the specifics of the ecosystem restoration plan?


Javajoe25 Sept. 1, 2012 @ 12:04 a.m.

The article says Ocotillo residents will have their day in court on Sept. 7th. I would imagine if any impact studies or restoration plans are required and have not been filed, it will be raised then.


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