Why does Henry Morse of North Baja Pipeline want to build a natural gas pipeline across Imperial County — and not across Baja from the port in Ensenada? After all, the fossil fuel is to be burned in Mexico to produce electricity for sale to the United States.
It doesn't take a great leap of imagination to recognize the issue for Mr. Morse is cost eroding his engineering budget — not his pompous claim that "everyone will be able to breathe easier," once his baby is delivered. Mexico's multi-giga cubic foot reserves of natural gas are under the Gulf of Mexico in the south, and capital is not available to get it here cheap, fast and good.
County Supervisor Joe Maruca is correct by having called the pipeline project "slickered through the federal process." The power plants in Mexico nearing completion are purely maquilladoras for production of cheaper electricity for the American consumer. They will not be accountable to the same pollution standards as U.S. plants, will not pay property or payroll taxes — and they will most definitely not pay lucrative or livable wages relative to U.S. workers in analogous job descriptions.