BLUERIBBON COALITION, INC.
MEDIA RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Don Amador
Phone: 925.625.6287
Email: [email protected]
Date: May 23, 2011
National Trail Recreation Group Continues Opposition to Proposed Marine Base Expansion in Johnson Valley OHV Area
OAKLEY, CA (May 23) - A national trail-based recreation group continues its strong opposition to a proposed military base expansion into a popular OHV recreation area in Southern California. The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) submitted comments on May 19, 2011, that are directed to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the 29 Palms Training Land Acquisition/Airspace Establishment Study.
BRC believes all of the action alternatives (1-6) are basically "closure of Johnson Valley OHV area" alternatives. The action alternatives would practically or functionally close the entire 180 thousand acre Johnson Valley OHV area to public use.
Don Amador, Western Representative for the BlueRibbon Coalition, states, "BRC has reviewed the Draft EIS and continues in our strong opposition to the entire project including the proposed withdrawal. BRC believes the EIS is fatally flawed and is not in compliance with NEPA."
Amador continues, "BRC believes the Corps has failed to meaningfully explain the 'need' in the purpose and need section. Aside from not identifying the proper basis for an increased training land-base, the purpose and need statement blithely ignores any discussion of the balance necessitated by any project of this nature. BRC believes the EIS/project should be withdrawn and shelved given its fatal flaws, public objection to the project, and national economic crisis."
BRC continues to encourage its members to submit public comments by the May 26, 2011, deadline.
Link to BRC comment letter