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$2-billion hydropower project

Posted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 1:42 pm
by Jim_b
Just beyond the southeast corner of Joshua Tree National Park, rows of boarded-up houses, gouged mountainsides and concrete ruins are an ugly reminder of the never-ending battle over the West’s public lands.

This scarred piece of California desert is what’s left of one of the country’s largest open-pit mining operations and the little company town that Kaiser Steel Corp. built after World War II. More than three decades after the Eagle Mountain iron mine closed, it still haunts the park that borders it on three sides.

Plans to turn the site into a huge landfill and dump as much as 20,000 tons a day of Southland garbage into the gaping mine pits died in 2013 after years of court battles. Now, a private company wants to use the pits for a $2-billion hydropower project.

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Re: $2-billion hydropower project

Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:41 am
by Reziac
And they plan to get all this water... where? out of the ground? for how long? they plan to prevent evaporation loss... how? (the uncovered Aqueduct is estimated to lose up to 90% of what it carries to evaporation) Sounds to me like a plan to suck up a lot of taxpayer and investment money, then run away before the consequences come due (cue the lawsuits from people whose household wells go dry... this isn't just someone irrigating alfalfa).