|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||14 Nov 2006 04:38:53 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] Ft. Bliss (TX) growth|
Fort Bliss: Done Deal; Now, Let's Talk Impact|
by Sito Negron El Paso Newspaper Tree (TX) November 13, 2006
More troops in the desert could increase El Paso air pollution, strain water resources, tear up fragile topsoil and destroy environmental and archeological sites. On the other hand, those troops also will bring in billions of dollars and thousands of jobs.
So at a sparsely attended meeting at Chapin High School Thursday night (Nov. 9), meant to receive public comment on a draft report, hundreds of pages regarding the impacts on 14 areas, from environment to socioeconomics, the two hands were laid on the table.
When Bill Addington, who successfully fought a radioactive waste site in Sierra Blanca and since has become an advocate of the environment, read a statement from a former Fort Bliss biologist noting the consequences of large-scale growth -- increased water rates, traffic congestion, strain on schools, and destruction of unique desert lands -- Chamber of Commerce President Richard Dayoub shot up in his chair, started taking notes, and when it was his turn to speak, fired back.
For the entire article, see http://www.newspapertree.com/view_article.sstg?c=c4c1c11447044e70&mc=b6fd736d4c09497c
-- Lenny Siegel Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 http://www.cpeo.org
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