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Photo voltaic venture utility advanced would ‘destroy the pure magnificence’ of the realm – St George Information


Photo voltaic panels at Nicely #3 within the North Ridge Nicely Subject in Dammeron Valley, Utah, Aug. 10, 2020 | Photograph by Alexa Morgan, St. George Information

OPINION – This can be a follow-up to the letter revealed Nov. 12, 2022, relating to the proposed Pink Butte Photo voltaic Undertaking within the Pine Mountain foothills.

Inventory picture | Photograph by lovelyday12 /iStock /Getty Photos Plus, St. George Information

As Ms. Hokana’s letter factors out the venture has been submitted to the St. George workplace of the Bureau of Land Administration for consideration, and if accredited could be situated on as much as 7,000 acres of public land.

The land requested by the developer, BrightNight, for this monumental 11 sq. miles utility advanced is seen from a number of communities, and when accomplished could be seen from 1000’s of sq. miles of rural and leisure lands, creating visible blight. The influence could be substantial, not simply by way of visible influence, however in different methods:

1. Environmental impacts embrace large-scale destruction of habitat, adjustments to native climate patterns because of floor and air heating, injury to watershed, widespread lack of vegetation and groundwater contamination.

2. Elevated danger of fireplace because of hi-voltage panels, massive lithium-ion battery storage services, transformers, cables and part failures.

3. Lack of leisure use. No looking, climbing, biking, tenting, horseback driving and ATVs.

4. Lengthy-term lack of the land. This growth would remove any different use of the land for a lot of many years.

The Bureau of Land Administration oversees 22.8 million acres of public land in Utah, roughly 42% of the state’s land mass. Pink Butte’s proposed location violates BLM’s present classification of the realm as a Photo voltaic Farm Exclusion Zone, based mostly upon each slope (in extra of 5%) and visible useful resource administration requirements.

As Ms. Hokana talked about in her letter, energy generated by this venture might be offered to grid operators to be used in different states.

A view of the standard panorama contained inside the Pink Butte examine space, with the group of Dammeron Valley seen within the distance on the precise, Washington County, Utah, March 16, 2022 | Photograph by Ammon Teare, St. George Information

The pure range and great thing about Utah generates over $7 billion per 12 months in customer {dollars}, and $1.2 billion in state tax revenues. Finding the proposed Pink Butte venture in a scenic space near St. George is counterintuitive and counterproductive to Utah’s customer campaigns, in addition to Washington County’s profitable Better Zion tourism marketing campaign.

Put merely, Pink Butte presents nothing to the residents and guests of Washington County. It does threaten to destroy the pure magnificence, character, and worth of the realm, fairly presumably perpetually.

Please voice your considerations and feedback now.

US Sen. Mike Lee
State Sen. Don Ipson
US Rep. Chris Stewart
State Rep. Walt Brooks

Submitted by CURT SHELLEY, Dammeron Valley

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