Whether you agree with the way in which the beef plant project has seemed to speed through several different government processes, one thing most people can agree with is the facility will be a positive for the Imperial Valley. It has the potential to create much-needed jobs and to rekindle the agricultural industry in the Imperial Valley.
For that reason we commend the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors for taking an important step to move the project forward. That step was allowing staff to obtain the equipment and materials to build a power substation to serve the plant and any other developments in the eastern section of Brawley.
What makes that decision significant is IID is still working out the details of an agreement with B.P. Ventures, the owners of the plant. If IID waited to finalize that agreement, it likely would not be able to obtain the materials and build the substation in time for the opening of the beef plant. That simply cannot happen when so much is at stake.