WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Imperial Valley's congressman, Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, sat down with Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham recently and told him about the concerns Imperial Valley residents have about two power plants under construction in Mexicali.
Valleyites won't know if Abraham acted on those concerns until the Department of Energy approves or denies San Diego-based Sempra Energy a presidential permit to build a natural gas pipeline in the desert of eastern Imperial County.
That decision won't be made until next spring.
Hunter's spokesman, Michael Harrison, said Hunter's recent meeting with Abraham means he won't be signing a letter being circulated by Rep. Bob Filner, D-San Diego, that addresses environmental concerns with the power plants. Filner, if re-elected, will replace Hunter as the Imperial Valley's congressman.
Harrison said, "Hunter is fully supportive of (the letter) but is not signing it because he's made his arguments to Abraham in person."