As if there weren't enough reasons to question the building of a pipeline through the Imperial Valley that would feed gas to two new border power plants in Mexicali, now we are being told archaeological sites in the Imperial Valley would be disturbed by the project.
The history of our Valley may not be important to those leading the charge for the North Baja Pipeline, but it means something to us and to historians and archaeologists. Based on an archaeological review of the pipeline project, there are 171 potentially historic sites within a 220-foot-wide pipeline corridor of Imperial County land from the Mexican border to Blythe, where the pipeline enters Imperial County.
Apparently, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission didn't think some of the sites should be protected, although federal engineers did force the North Baja Pipeline plan to be redone to avoid some historic sites. Still, there are now sites that could be affected by the project.