California Sen. Dianne Feinstein has joined with our congressman, Duncan Hunter, to introduce legislation aimed at protecting Imperial County from power plants being built in Mexicali that would not be equipped with U.S.-compliant air-quality control equipment.
We appreciate the support, but we have to wonder if this latest move by Feinstein is meant to placate a county that has spoken loudly and angrily against Feinstein after her recent letter threatening to take our water if we do not fallow land to meet the needs of key water transfers.
The legislation from Feinstein and Hunter would make it illegal for U.S. companies to export natural gas to new Mexican power plants within 50 miles of the border that are not equipped with U.S. compliant air-quality control equipment.
The legislation could hinder the plans of Boston-based InterGen, which is building a $748 million, 1,000 megawatt natural gas-fired power plant on the outskirts of Mexicali. Two of the turbines at the plant will not be equipped with U.S.-compliant emission controls, while the other two will. Gas lines from the North Baja Pipeline project have been placed in east Imperial County that will connect with power plants in Mexicali.