Friday, November 10, 2006

Topock Maze Controversy

There's an interesting case out near Needles where Pacific Gas and Electric were being sued by the Fort Mojave Indian tribe for building a water treatment plant right next to the Topock Maze. The Topock Maze is a fascinating area where the rocks and pebbles have been arranged to form a large field of lines across the desert; the Mojaves hold it sacred as a place where their souls go to reach the afterlife. This article details the controversy; building the plant was exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process because hexavalent chromium in the groundwater was in danger of reaching the Colorado River. You can see it on Google Maps here if you pull back one magnification level. Today PG&E issued an apology to the Mojaves and agreed to replace the water treatment plant with another one that doesn't disturb the site. The takeaway lesson here is that even if you get a CEQA exemption (because you're doing an emergency cleanup of the environment), you shouldn't treat it as a free ticket to not pay any attention to the possible environmental impacts of your project.

Anyway, if you'd like to see what the perspective of an insane crank are on this project, look no further than Mr. Wayne Lusvardi, who spends most of his time imagining himself as some sort of truth-teller of follies in Pasadena, seems to think they made up the whole "sacred site" thing and that it's all a shakedown by the Indians looking to extort money from PG&E. Not that any of his ideas were supported by the facts of the L.A. Times article or anything. Now that they've dropped the lawsuit, instead of admitting that this proves his whole "milk cow" theory was bullshit from the beginning, this loony is taking credit (see Nov. 10) for exposing the "phony shakedown" and "deterr[ing] any monetary settlement." Yeah, right.


At Saturday, November 11, 2006 at 10:45:00 AM PST, Anonymous doafy said...

What I want to know is what does he mean by "what it belatedly now calls Topock Maze rock formation"

Does he think they just made up the name a few months ago?

At Saturday, November 11, 2006 at 11:05:00 AM PST, Blogger Adam Villani said...

Apparently he thinks Indians just go around making up "sacred" sites so they can win lawsuits against utilities. Presumably he thinks the Topock Maze just got that way naturally or was an art project or something. And I imagine he's also thinking, "Gee, they didn't file a lawsuit against California Southern when they built a railroad through the area in the 1880s, so this must be something new."

At Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 3:34:00 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all i would like to point out the fact that this guy is willing to discard the Mojave people's spiritual responsibilities, or religion if you will. Secondly, if this man is representing this company or the state of California, they have a sad and obviously ignorant perspective of the dispositions that are made by the leaders of this company and the state, in witch are made in a humanly and open minded perspective (and not as often as we hope really) . It is sad that people like this are unable to respect others. Hopefully they will change soon before there judgment comes.


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