Save Mission Trails is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt Non-Profit Mutual Benefit Corporation. Our mission is to inspire the preservation and conservation of Mission Trails Regional Park and adjoining East Elliott Community Open Space. We are campaigning to protect our park and communities and preserve our quality of life.
OUR KEY SUCCESSES
- September 15, 2014: The application for the Quail Brush Power Plant — discussed below — was withdrawn.
- June 11, 2016: SR52 between Tierrasanta and Santee received California Scenic Highway Designation.
- June 21, 2018: The proposed gas pipeline through MTRP was rejected and withdrawn.
Save Mission Trails volunteers were integral in these and other victories for MTRP and surrounding communities. SMT remains vigilant as new threats develop. Read our most recent posts and sign up to receive our blog to stay notified of current threats and actions to take. Also visit and like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/savemissiontrailsSD
Quail Brush Power Plant (R.I.P.)
The Quail Brush Generation Project Power Plant is proposed to be built on the border of Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) and Santee. Its placement is within San Diego. The power plant’s nearest neighbors would be West Hills High School, Santee residents, and MTRP. The noise and pollution would be substantial. The area is not zoned as industrial, yet a state agency, the California Energy Commission (CEC), can override San Diego zoning rules to permit this fossil fuel plant. Mission Trails Park and all its history would be harmed by the noise, air pollution and visual blight.
Location and maps of the power plant’s position
West Hills High School is 845 yards from the proposed plant (less than 1/2 a mile).
The Quail Brush Generation Project is proposed to be developed on a 21.6-acre parcel, located in the City of San Diego, California, on open space-zoned land called “East Elliott.” Click on the image to enlarge. The proposed site is located west of the City of Santee, south of the Sycamore Landfill and north of State Route 52. The proposed project is a nominally rated 100-megawatt (MW) intermediate/peaking load, electrical generating facility that would employ a set of eleven (11) natural gas-fired, reciprocating, Wartsila engines.
The project includes the following:
- Eleven (11) Wartsila model 20V34SG, natural gas-fired engines
- Eleven (11) 4 foot diameter x 100-foot tall stacks (revised to 70 ft – worse for pollution dispersion)
- One (1) 20,000 gallon urea (urine) storage tank
- One (1) 600,000 gallon fire water tank
- One (1) 10,000 gallon domestic water storage tank
- Onsite 230kV facility switchyard
- Approximately 1 mile of 230kV single-circuit electric transmission line between the project and the anticipated point of interconnection (POI) to the existing San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) Miguel to Mission 230kV transmission line situated west of the plant site;
- SDG&E 230kV utility switchyard at the POI configured as a linebreak of the existing SDG&E 230kV transmission line that will include circuit breakers
- 2,200 feet of 8-inch diameter natural gas pipeline lateral between the project site and the existing SDG&E 20-inch diameter high pressure natural gas pipeline located across Mast Avenue from the landfill entrance and associated onsite metering station.
If the proposed project is approved by the CEC, the applicant plans to construct the project in approximately 18 months. Construction of the generation plant, from mobilization, through site preparation and grading, to the start of commercial operation, is proposed to take place from March 2013 until June 2014.
THIS FIGHT IS NOT OVER!
The cities of San Diego and Santee officially opposed this project. But the State has the power now to override local zoning rules, ordinances, and regulations (LORS).
Click to view this video & distribute widely: Save Mission Trails! Stop the Santee Power Plant!
We oppose the proposed Quail Brush Generation Project Power Plant.
We are gravely concerned for our community’s health and well-being and dismayed at the potential destruction of open space land adjacent to Mission Trails, among other issues. We respectfully ask Cogentrix and its parent company Goldman Sachs (update – sold to Carlyle Group in Sept. ’12) to withdraw this proposal. We ask the CEC to deny permitting this project on East Elliott land.
We wish Cogentrix and the CEC no harm. We only want to protect ourselves, others, and the wildlife and habitats affected by this proposed power plant.
Join this fight, contact us, attend meetings!
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