Advocates Speak Up Against Ill-Sited Utility Corridor Near Proposed Tule Springs National Monument

 
PRESS RELEASE
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:   September 1, 2010
Contact:   Lynn Davis Program Manager, Nevada Field Office
National Parks Conservation Association
Office 702.318.6524 cell 702.281.7380


Advocates Speak Up Against Ill-Sited Utility Corridor Near Proposed Tule Springs National Monument

NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV—Today the nonprofit National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) joined supporters of a proposed fossil beds national monument near Las Vegas to ask local leaders to oppose a proposal for an intrusive electric power transmission corridor in the area.

“This eleventh-hour proposal to construct an unwarranted, massive utility corridor through the Tule Springs site threatens years of research and the rare opportunity to protect a site of global importance,” said Lynn Davis, Nevada Field Office Program Manager with the National Parks Conservation Association.

These concerns and others were shared at a meeting of the North Las Vegas City Council where the mayor and council members voted to be heard by the Nevada Public Utilities Commission regarding the transmission proposal.

“If a transmission line is to be located in this area, it needs a proper review by the Nevada Public Utilities Commission that examines projected needs, alternate routes, and the risk to Nevada Power ratepayers,” said Davis. “North Las Vegas’ intervention into the PUC process underscores these points and has the interests of the local community at heart.”

For nearly two years, NPCA has worked through an open and transparent public process with the cities of North Las Vegas and Las Vegas, Clark County, the Southern Nevada Paiute Tribe, Nellis Air Force Base, the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and several citizen groups to create a national monument. As Nevada’s congressional delegation prepared to file legislation to designate a national monument managed by the National Park Service, NV Energy requested an unprecedented utility corridor through the monument area, stalling the legislation and potentially jeopardizing its future.

“The National Parks Conservation Association and other park advocates will continue to work with local, state, and federal authorities, including the Nevada Public Utilities Commission to prevent this eleventh hour, ill-sited proposal from moving forward and will continue to advocate for local, state, and federal policies that consider the inherent value of our public lands and our shared history,” said Davis.

In November 2009, the cities and county unanimously passed resolutions asking Nevada’s congressional delegation to file legislation to protect approximately 23,000 acres in the northern part of the Las Vegas Valley, a fossil-dense area that has been scientifically documented to represent more than 200,000 years of the Pleistocene Ice Age. This designation is expected to attract international and domestic visitors, to bolster tourism revenues, and to be an educational resource for Nevada’s schoolchildren and the North Las Vegas campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV).

To view a copy of Lynn Davis’s full statement click here.

For more information on the proposed park unit visit NPCA online.

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