Bill's Hill is closed!
It appears to have sold and the new owners are going to move forward with the dump! Oh, pardone me! The LANDFILL! We showed up today and it was gated with cement barriers.
We could have driven around the barriers but that would be a bad first impression for sure. Well it's going to be shut down for sure but I'm going to follow up and see if they wouldn't mind a couple of sets of eyes out there making sure it's all safe until the inevitable shut down.
That's all I know now!
They did not ask Bill Hill permission to add a gate......
This is an article that explains some of the landfill plans and issues.
The water shed goes from Pala past Bonsal to Oceanside so there is a lot of pressure to stop this land fill. I also read some where the Pala Indians are also against this landfill, sacred ground, truck traffic affecting casino patrons etc. There is also a water supply pipe running directly under Bill Hill to San Diego and I for one would not like a landfill over my drinking supply.
Who knows who will win. There are names and companies listed in the article above.
Too bad the new owners are not DSers.
This sucks big time.
Gonna bring this back from the dead:
News and request for public action from the Shasta C. Gaughen, PhD
Environmental Director/Tribal Historic Preservation Officer Pala Band of Mission Indians.
Hello friends – as you know, the Gregory Canyon landfill project is now under the ownership of Sovereign Capital Management, a local investment company. When Sovereign bought the project, they began the process of reactivating the permit application with the Army Corps of Engineers. Today, the Corps has issued a public notice (see below as well as the attached PDF) that the application has been received and is considered complete. This means that the Corps must now begin the process of evaluating the application and all its associated documents in preparation for issuing a final environmental impact statement (EIS). We don’t know how long this will take, but there is a lot of material to review, so it will take some time.
What does this mean for us? We have not been idle while waiting for this announcement and we are ready to continue the fight to stop this terrible project. Many of the documents associated with the draft EIS and the application are several years old now, which means that the Corps should require them to be re-done. New information, such as increases in existing landfill capacity, changes in disposal rates, and state mandates for increasing recycling rates and decreasing overall trash disposal rates mean that the previous technical studies and environmental reviews for the dump are now inaccurate at best, and flat-out wrong at worst. We are bringing all of these issues to the Corps’ attention and will fight on every front to make sure that they know this dump is NOT NEEDED IN SAN DIEGO.
What can you do? The public notice requires a 30 day comment period. You can send your comments to the Corps and remind them of the strong public opposition to the landfill. You can demand updated technical studies. You can insist on a needs analysis that takes into account existing landfill capacity and decreased disposal rates that show we don’t need a new dump. You can point out that landfilling is an outdated technology that generates dangerous methane, a potent greenhouse gas. You can advocate for using modern waste management technologies that require reduction in trash disposal rates, reuse of materials, and recycling – technologies that have made landfills obsolete! And you can remind the Corps of its mandate to protect the waters of the United States – a charge that is even more important in the face of continued drought conditions and threats to our drinking water.
You may send your comments to:
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
LOS ANGELES DISTRICT, U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS REGULATORY DIVISION
ATTN: Shanti Abichandani Santulli
5900 La Place Court, Suite 100
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Alternatively, comments can be sent electronically to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The battle is heating back up, but we are ready. Our website will be updated soon with new information for you to use and share. Thank you, as always, for your support.
Shasta C. Gaughen, PhD
Environmental Director/Tribal Historic Preservation Officer
Pala Band of Mission Indians
PMB 50, 35008 Pala Temecula Rd.
Pala, CA 92059
The Army Corp Public notice link:
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