East County

HAS THE WIND FARM BROUGHT ASPHALT LIKE DUST TO OCOTILLO?

By | Monday, October 14, 2013|, |

Ocotillo residents report that the dust storms, that have been plaguing their town  since the neighboring Wind Farm was built, now bring a black or dark dust. This is totally unlike the light tan colored sand of the surrounding desert. The photo at the top of this page was taken in Jim Pelley’s swimming poll [...]

SHOULD WE BE CONCERNED ABOUT THE COUNTY’S COMPREHENSIVE RENEWABLE PLAN?

By | Wednesday, September 25, 2013|, , , |

The first item, at tomorrow's Board of Supervisor's meeting, will be for the  County's Chief Administrator to present the options for a comprehensive renewable plan.  This has prompted the Boards of Directors of the non-profit groups, The Protect Our Communities Foundation (POC) and Backcountry Against Dumps (BAD), to express their concern about further industrialization in East County, that [...]

OCOTILLO: THE UNWANTED INSPIRATION

By | Tuesday, September 10, 2013|, |

After the most recent storm to hit Ocotillo brought yet another influx of white foam from the surrounding Wind Project site, Jim Pelley made a horror spoof: (An Article in East County Magazine compares the previously dust storms, which were virtually unknown before the wind project, to the dust bowl of the 1930‘s. [...]

SECOND DUST STORM STRIKES OCOTILLO; COULD DESERT ENERGY PROJECTS BE THE CAUSE?

By | Sunday, August 25, 2013|, |

An ECM special investigation finds links between rise in dust storms across outhwest, Valley Fever epidemic, and installation of large-scale desert solar and wind projects August 26, 2013 (Ocotillo)--A second dust storm has struck Ocotillo on Auugust 25, just two days after an earlier dust storm swept through the desert community.  Dust billowed thousands of [...]

MASSIVE DUST STORM STRIKES OCOTILLO

By | Friday, August 23, 2013|, |

August 23, 2013 (Ocotillo ) – It looked like a scene out of the 1930s, when factory-scale farms removed topsoil in the Midwest, creating dust storms that swept across the western states, reducing vast areas to a Dust Bowl.   Is history repeating itself? Residents of Ocotillo and other desert communities across the Southwest have recently [...]

WHICH WAY IS THE WIND BLOWING?

By | Thursday, August 1, 2013|, , |

The latest video sent out from Ocotillo is a bit of a conundrum. It was when there was enough wind to power the turbines, but why are the turbines facing all directions?  And how can two of them be spinning in totally opposite directions? Which way is the wind coming from? And why is one spinning [...]

OCOTILLO: A MATTER OF CHOICE

By | Monday, July 22, 2013|, |

The negative stories from Ocotillo continue ... It rained for an hour last night. Normally the water would have been evenly distributed across the desert floor, but the project’s access roads channeled the water so that it became a river. You can watch the waters rising, in the video below, until photographer Jim Pelley felt [...]