County Supervisor Joe Maruca continues to argue that the power plants under construction in Mexicali will produce additional air pollution that will drift into Imperial County, creating potential health problems for county residents.
He erroneously believes that he can stop those power plants by opposing the natural gas pipeline that will fuel them with clean-burning natural gas.
But Supervisor Maruca's solution will actually create an even bigger problem for residents of Imperial County. Those two power plants are already under construction and they will be completed. Without the pipeline they will have to burn fuel oil, not natural gas, and the air quality in the region really will get worse.
To show just how polluting fuel oil can be, consider the following. Building a small, fuel oil-fired power plant that would serve just the needs of the citizens of Mexicali would add more than 14,000 tons per year of emissions to the air.