UPDATE, 7:07 p.m.: Things Get a Bit Unruly at the End
There was just a bit of an uproar as a man (whose name I didn’t catch) got up to speak again after apparently speaking earlier in the day on behalf of his union. Many in the crowd shouted that he’d had his say and shouldn’t be allowed to speak again.
[UPDATE: Turns out this was Jeff Hunerlach, district representative for the Humboldt Del Norte Building and Construction Trades, who had offered testimony during the project presentation portion of the meeting. Hence the outrage.]
“He’s had his two minutes!” several yelled.
There was some unrest as Supervisor Bohn asked people to quiet down, then said he would allow the guy to speak. When the crowd again shouted its discontent, Bohn tried to get a colleague to make a motion to continue to meeting to tomorrow, trying to bring today’s proceedings to an end.
But the man at the lectern pushed ahead, saying he should have a right to speak as a private resident, a voter. Persevering, he spoke over the crowd, saying that what we’ve seen in the last hour or so is beyond belief.
“People being threatened … . We have a right to get up here and speak our beliefs.”
Indeed, a previous speaker had angrily told Bohn, “If I have to come up here again it ain’t gonna be pretty.” He also directed angry words at Fennell.
Lots of finger pointing and anger directed at the Terra-Gen folks, too.
“We will fight you!” Moxie Alvarnaz shouted at them.
And just as the meeting reached a fever pitch, it was recessed. To be continued Tuesday morning.
— Ryan Burns
UPDATE, 6:21 p.m.: Day One Winds Down
Nine-plus hours into the meeting, and there’s still no end in sight to the line of public speakers. We’re somewhere around speaker number 180 at this point. As a reminder, 220 people had signed up to speak today.
Public comment will continue tomorrow when the meeting recommences at 9 a.m., though Board Chair Rex Bohn said the public comment period will be cut off at noon.
Most of the commentary this evening has been in opposition to the project and in support of the Wiyot Tribe. One exception was Humboldt County Planning Commissioner Mike Newman, who called the wind energy project a step in the right direction.
Lots of references to colonialism and capitalism. One woman, who did not give a name, said she did not want to be “further married to the murderous PG&E grid.” And she told Second District Supervisor Estelle Fennell that she won’t get reelected if she supports the project.
People may be getting a bit punchy at this point. A sheriff’s K9 barked outside the door, prompting Bohn to cry, “Toto!”
— Ryan Burns
UPDATE, 5:46 p.m.: More Images of the Evening
— Ryan Burns
UPDATE, 5:17 p.m.: Tribe Members Speak Out
The crowd is starting to thin out, but a number of Wiyot Tribe members have stuck around to speak their piece.
Hazel James, a member of the Wiyot tribal council, said it was rude and disrespectful of Terra-Gen to tell the tribe where they can and cannot pray.
Bear River Ridge, or Tsakiyuwit, is a sacred site to the Wiyot community and it’s under attack, another tribe member said.
Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy, who identified herself as a member of the 10,000th generation, spoke in support of “frankly what we know is right for Humboldt County.”
“This project is a bad project,” Baldy continued, “not a slightly-less-than-perfect project, just a bad project.” She acknowledged that we are in a crisis but said it is one borne of “colonial greed and ignorance.” Tribal members come and share their knowledge “even when we think you’re perhaps going to vote against us,” she said.
Tribes don’t designate their sacred sites lightly, Baldy said. Standing “at the precipice of history and the future,” the choice is between building something new or repeating the system of colonial greed, she said.
“We come here to ask you to make the right decision, [which] does not come from destroying a sacred site,” Baldy said.
— Ryan Burns
UPDATE, 4:51 p.m.: Was That a Threat?
Ted Hernandez, chair of the Wiyot Tribe, used part of his two minutes to speak directly to the Terra-Gen officials seated to his left, and his comments sounded an awful lot like a threat.
“You remind me of the crow,” he told them. “You like shiny things and to tell stories.” He then added, “If this project happens, things are gonna happen.”
He didn’t get any more specific than that, but he offered a couple other ominous remarks. Referring to Bear River Ridge, or Tsakiyuwit as the Wiyot call it, Hernandez said, “When things go there, bad things happen. These lands are sacred to us. … We’re not gonna be silent anymore. We are going to protect our land.”
He wrapped up by saying, “Don’t come to us when something goes wrong, because we’re telling you now something’s wrong.”
— Ryan Burns
UPDATE, 4:37 p.m.:
It has been mostly critics lately.
Dr. Daniel Barton, from HSU’s wildlife department (though speaking as an individual), urged the county to deny the project, saying it is poorly sited and would negatively impact seabirds.
Chris West, senior wildlife biologist for the Wiyot Tribe, argued that condors should have been more fully addressed in the environmental impact report. Offering some technical information, West said the geo-fencing that has been proposed as a mitigation measure wouldn’t actually work, as currently designed.
Bonnie Blackberry complained about the process, pointing out that Terra-Gen got lots of time to speak in favor of the project while Rio Dell Mayor Debra Garnes only got two minutes. She also brought up the lights that would be affixed to each turbine, saying they would violate the light pollution provisions of the county’s cannabis ordinance.
Several people have said this project is green-washed, and one man just turned to the Terra-Gen folks and said, “Go back where you came from.”
— Ryan Burns
UPDATE, 4:12 p.m.: The Children Weigh In
Well, quite frankly, this is getting exhausting. We’re not yet halfway through the list of 220-plus people who’ve signed up to speak, and the testimony both for and against the project is getting a bit repetitive.
But a young girl named Sylvie offered a brief breath of fresh air, if only because of her frankness and youthful enthusiasm.
“I’m nine years old and I just want to tell you I’m skipping school for this,” she said. “You need to put in the windmills,” she added, cutting right to the chase. “If climate change continues, we will die. … Put in the windmills, not for you but for us and future generations.”
But it turns out even the youth is divided! Sylvie was followed by another child, named Niah, who took the opposite stance. “Windmills can be good and bad,” she said, noting that they kill birds and bats. “I believe there is a better way, like wave generators.”
— Ryan Burns
UPDATE, 3:41 p.m.: Critics Pick Up Steam
After a seven-minute afternoon break, public comment resumed, and as the day wears on it seems opponents are making up a larger percentage of the public speakers, and they’re getting feisty.
Rio Dell mayor Debra Garnes gave a fiery speech, holding up a petition she said was signed by 621 of her town’s residents “who say ‘no, slow down, protect our water and don’t sell us out!’”
When her two-minute time limit ran out, Garnes raised her voice and kept speaking. “I have a loud voice!” she said. She criticized supervisors Fennell, Bass and Bohn for failing to ask more questions, and her angry speech elicited a large cheer from the crowd.
Jennifer Olson, an environmental scientist with the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, said her agency still has a number of concerns, including the composition and strategies of the proposed technical advisory committees that would monitor birds and bats.
Outspoken project critic Rick Pelren also gave an impassioned speech opposing the project and saying the DEIR needs to be thrown in the trash.
Frank Bacik, president of the Town of Scotia Company, too, criticized the project’s environmental documents, noting that it identifies eight categories of significant adverse unavoidable impacts that, even in the final environmental impact report, could not be mitigated to a point where they’re less than significant.
Some in the crowd whooped and cheered after these speeches, and Board Chair Bohn asked people to go back to a quieter expression of approval, such as waiving their hands in the air.
Supporters of the project are still coming forward, though. More union reps are touting the jobs that would be created. And former Planning Commissioner Dave Edmonds and current Planning Commissioner Alan Bongio urged the county to approve the project.
— Ryan Burns
UPDATE, 2:46 p.m.: Public Speakers are Speaking Publicly
Adam Cantor, a botanist with the Wiyot Tribe’s natural resources department, said the tribe believes in climate change, but that doesn’t mean people should be swayed by fear-mongering. He argued that the amount of green energy this project would produce would be minuscule in the context of California’s population of more than 39 million people.
Insatiable public commenter Kent Sawatzky came to the lectern with a sign that read, “I - Vote NO!”
“This represents Terra-Gen,” he said. “It’s made out of plastic and it’s crappy.”
Claiming he talks to Mother Nature, Sawatzky said the project would result in 47 fingers flipping her off, apparently comparing the turbines to the offensive digits.
Sawatzky also made some comments about talking to dead people and about Native Americans that, quite frankly, we couldn’t follow.
Deborah Dukes, a member of the climate activist group 350 Humboldt, said she supports the Humboldt Wind Project. “Please think seven generations into the future, or even one generation” to a time when every creature on Earth will have to adapt to climate change, Dukes said.
A Rio Dell resident said she’s spent many sleepless nights trying to figure out which side to support on this project. While acknowledging the gravity of the climate change problem, she said the ridges where the wind project would be situated are unsuitable.
We are now through 45 of the 220 speakers signed up to speak. Marathon.
— Ryan Burns
UPDATE, 2:21 p.m.: Union Labor is Out in Force
Organized labor is, well, organized. A good number of local labor union members spoke in favor of the project. Ray Dominic, a 40-year county resident, said, “Please think about our youth” who want to get into decent trades that play a living wage.
Meanwhile, Greta Thunberg continues to get shout-outs. John Schafer quoted her saying “Our house is on fire.” He said that without acquiring the energy from that project, RCEA likely cannot get enough green energy to fulfill its promises.
“To deny this permit is to abandon and grandchildren and RCEA to failure,” Schafer said.
But more critics are speaking up. One man said he submitted an 84-page comment letter on Friday, and he argued that Terra-Gen’s environmental document was “the absolute worst EIR I’ve ever seen.”
Another speaker said Estelle Fennell should recuse herself because she’s a board member with the Redwood Community Energy Authority, which has a power-purchase agreement with Terra-Gen.
— Ryan Burns
UPDATE, 2:09 p.m.: The Threat of Lawsuits
Scott Frasier, a Blue Lake resident, insinuated that litigation would be the inevitable result if the board approves the project. He said he’s read the environmental documents for the project and found them “fatally flawed.”
“Potential litigation will go on and on, and you will never get your money or staff time back,” Frasier said.
But a surprising number of speakers continue to voice support for the project — more than half thus far, by our estimate. And to a person they’re citing either the urgent need to respond to climate change or the potential job creation. Mostly the former.
“We have to recognize that global climate change is our problem,” said Mary Senger. “I urge you to support the project.”
Still a long, long way to go, though.
— Ryan Burns
UPDATE, 1:54 p.m.: Supporters Speak Up
A good number of folks in a row now have spoken in favor of the project — some reluctantly, they said — as a net environmental benefit.
Greg Gold, an HSU professor, said, “We need to act. We don’t have time. I personally believe this project needs to be built.”
Another local resident said it’s better to lose some birds, bats and habitat than to allow our climate to go over the tipping point where it’s impossible to keep temperatures from rising.
Jack McDermott, who identified himself as an environmental advocate, said, “It’s good for all.”
Natalynne DeLapp, community liaison for Terra-Gen, responded to Supervisor Madrone’s concerns about property values dropping, saying evidence suggests the opposite.
As she walked away from the lectern there was hissing in the crowd.
— Ryan Burns
UPDATE, 1:39 p.m.: Public Comment Begins
Arcata Mayor Michael Winkler, chair of RCEA board, was the first public speaker, and he spoke for himself, not those agencies. Invoking Pearl Harbor and the Greatest Generation, Winkler said our community and humanity face an even greater threat: the global climate crisis. He said the Humboldt Wind Project is the next, necessary step for energy independence.
“Humboldt is the place and now is the time,” he said.
A woman who owns property near Jordan Creek Road said some of the turbines would be too close to her ranch home, destroying the property’s livability.
Cliff Berkowitz, candidate for First District Supervisor, spoke as a concerned citizen. Why would so many environmental advocates be against this project? he asked, adding “It’s a good question.”
Berkowitz called the project “an unmitigated ecological disaster dressed up in green clothing” and said ignoring tribal objections is unacceptable.
A 78-year-old man quoted 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg and said our response to her challenge lies before us. He urged the board to support the project.
Cheryl Seidner, culturural liaison for the Wiyot Tribe, said her people want clean energy just like everyone else. “We have been here before America was even thought of. … We are not your Manifest Destiny. … People might not know where our sacred sites are; that’s because they’re sacred.”
— Ryan Burns
UPDATE, 1:23 p.m.: Public Speaker List Balloons to 220
It’s nearly 1:30 and the public speaking period has yet to begin. The list of people hoping to speak has reached 220.
Supervisor Madrone continues to cross-examine Terra-Gen staffers as the room full of people waits.
— Ryan Burns
UPDATE, 1:14 p.m.: Lane Russ Questions Wiyot Tribe Claims
Lane Russ, whose family owns the large ranch on Bear River Ridge where many of the turbines would be built, spoke about the value of keeping large tracts of land un-subdivided. This project would allow the ranch to remain intact, he said.
He also pushed back against the Wiyot Tribe’s objections, saying neither he nor, to his knowledge, his father or grandfather were ever approached by any members of the tribe requesting access. In fact, he said, the outside experts he’s consulted say the land historically belonged to the Bear River Tribe, not the Wiyot — hence the name Bear River Ridge.
He urged the board to support the project as a means of contributing to the tax base, providing jobs and decreasing dependence on fossil fuels.
Supervisor Wilson responded to Russ’s comments about tribal rights, saying there’s some real learning that needs to take place. Just because indigenous people didn’t announce themselves and request access directly from the Russ family doesn’t mean they weren’t there historically or that they haven’t returned, he said. Considering the history of their treatment, the tribe members have every reason not to simply knock on the front door of white landowners, Wilson seemed to be saying.
— Ryan Burns
UPDATE, 12:57 p.m.: Labor Reps Speak in Support
Labor representatives are speaking in support of the project. One said Humboldt County can lead the way in reducing our dependence of fossil fuels, or we can continue to say, “Not in my back yard,” and the next generation will move away.
“This is your chance for the future, Board of Supervisors,” he said, calling each one out by name. “This is your chance to vote and approve this project.”
His comments earned scattered applause.
This project will create over 300 local union jobs, another labor rep said, adding that it would also facilitate restarting an apprenticeship program. “We are the original equal opportunity employer, and we are very proud of that fact,” he said.
— Ryan Burns
UPDATE, 12:41 p.m.: ‘A Project Worthy of Humboldt’
Nathan Vajdos, Terra-Gen’s senior director of wind development and the project lead for the Humboldt Wind Energy Project, just gave an impassioned speech, telling the Board of Supervisors that this is their “opportunity to leave a lasting legacy” by approving this project.
He said Terra-Gen engaged in more than 150 stakeholder meetings, working exhaustively for more than three years and making countless compromises. Those compromises have resulted in a better project, Vajdos said, “a project worthy of Humboldt.”
“This is the most mitigated wind project in California,” he said.
— Ryan Burns
UPDATE, 12:28 p.m.: Nearly 200 People Have Signed Up to Speak
Even with a two-minute time limit per speaker, this promises to be a marathon session of public comment. As of late morning, 191 people had signed up to address the board, which, at two minutes per, would equate to more than six and a half hours.
Following a short break (there will be no lunch break), each board member took turns disclosing the communications they’ve had with stakeholders outside of public view.
Not too many surprises there — each of them has received loads of phone calls, emails and letters from constituents both for and against the project. Most supervisors met with Terra-Gen staff periodically. Bohn and Fennell noted that they took Terra-Gen staff up on an offer to go up in a helicopter to view the project site.
A couple of interesting revelations, though: Bohn, after saying his primary concern from the beginning was making sure the project generated local jobs, said he’s the one who suggested Natalynne DeLapp as a candidate for Terra-Gen’s local community liaison. DeLapp, a former executive director of the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC), got that job.
The other interesting statement came from Bass, who said she recently spoke with Planning Commissioner Noah Levy. Those keeping close track may remember that Levy seemed to flip position mid-meeting, ultimately voting against the wind farm.
According to Bass, he voted no mostly because he felt he didn’t have enough information, but he’s gotten more info since the Planning Commission hearing. And if he were to vote again today he’d vote “yes,” according to Bass.
Is Bass laying the groundwork for her own “yes” vote? We shall see.
Now, staff from Terra-Gen is giving their own presentation, and the tone is pretty defiant and defensive, likely a response to public criticism.
— Ryan Burns
UPDATE, 11:39 a.m.: Bass Weighs In, Earns Hisses From the Crowd
Fourth District Supervisor Virginia Bass offered a clap-back of sorts to Madrone, calling his lengthy back-and-forth with county staff “a long filibuster” and saying, with all due respect to her fellow supervisor, that it “almost felt like a cross-examination” in which he was offering his own statements of fact.
She suggested moving forward to public comment, but the public seemed to side with Madrone. Indeed, one or two people could be heard hissing in response to her criticism of Madrone.
— Ryan Burns
UPDATE, 11:26 a.m.: Madrone Earns Applause
The crowd erupted in applause a couple of times, earning a rebuke from Board Chair Rex Bohn, in response to statements from Fifth District Supervisor Steve Madrone.
Madrone said that while this project would represent a financial win for the county government, “from what I’ve seen from [residents of] Scotia, Rio Dell, ranchers on Bear River Ridge, they perceive a loss in value.”
He also expressed skepticism about county staff’s claim that they were unaware that Bear River Ridge is considered sacred.
“Who doesn’t know that these high ridges are important to our Native American community,” Madrone said.
— Ryan Burns
UPDATE, 10:59 a.m.: Local Energy Impact
Matthew Marshall, executive director of the Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA), explained how the Terra-Gen Wind Energy Project would offer green energy benefits to local residents.
RCEA, our county’s community choice aggregator, has committed to purchasing energy generated by the wind farm. Marshall explained that the energy generated by an on-shore wind farm such as this one offer the most bang for our buck, but ultimately we’ll need to take advantage of all available green energy options.
“We need every tool in the toolbox to address the scope and magnitude of the [climate change] problem,” he said.
He also presented slides illustrating the project’s impact.
— Ryan Burns
UPDATE, 10:47 a.m.: Property Tax Revenues
Humboldt County Assessor Mari Wilson just gave a breakdown of the estimated property tax revenues that would be generated during the life of the project.
The total assessed value over the life of the project would be about $4.6 billion, Wilson said. Using the state’s one percent property tax assessment, that means the project would generate about $46 million in revenues over the 30-year life of the project.
Of that amount, 16.1 percent, or $7.4 million, would go into the county’s general fund. That breaks down to about $248,000 per year, Wilson said. Meanwhile, 62.5 percent of the revenues would go to schools with the remainder being divided among special districts, cities, redevelopment, roads and the public library.
Third District Supervisor Mike Wilson asked the assessor to repeat all those figures. Fifth District Supervisor Steve Madrone, who has generally been skeptical of this project, asked Mari Wilson if she had calculated the losses to property values for neighboring landowners.
Mari Wilson said she hadn’t been asked to calculate that.
“It would be valuable to know what the plusses and minuses are,” Madrone said.
— Ryan Burns
UPDATE, 10:28 a.m.: Staff Presents the Overview
Petra Unger just finished going over the project’s wildlife impacts, including its projected effects on birds and bats. The environmental impact report found that operations could injure and kill marbled murrelets, hoary bats and raptors as a result of collisions with the turbines and electrical transmission lines.
These impacts led several environmental groups to come out in opposition to the project.
The EIR outlines a variety of mitigation measures, and according to the staff report these measures would actually result in a net benefit to murrelets.
These are all the same details that were presented to the Planning Commission last month. As a reminder, county staff is recommending the Board of Supervisors approve this project.
This site has the best wind energy resources, though it also has generated a lot of controversy, Planning and Building Director John Ford said.
— Ryan Burns
UPDATE, 10:04 a.m.:
Beth Burks and Petra Unger, employees with AECOM, the consultant company hired by the county to prepare the environmental impact report, are giving an overview of the project’s history.
Burks explained that the permits for 47 turbines atop Bear River Ridge and Monument Ridge would have a 30-year limit. Two years before the permits expire, Terra-Gen would be required to apply for a new permit to either re-power the project into the future or decommission it.
If they choose the latter option, the company would have to remove all the above-ground infrastructure, revegetate and re-contour the landscape, basically returning the environment to pre-development conditions. (Underground infrastructure would be left in place.) A bond would be required for decommissioning.
Three Planning Commission hearings have been held, and to date the county has received more than 10 hours of public testimony and more than 800 pages of written comments.
Burks offered a brief outline of the significant and unavoidable impacts this project would have. Judging by the protest signs scattered throughout the crowd — plus the public protests we’ve seen thus far — the most controversial and significant of these will be the impact to tribal cultural resources.
Burks noted that when Shell WindEnergy proposed a wind project on Monument Ridge years ago, the county didn’t hear any objections from the Wiyot Tribe, no claims that the ridge was considered sacred. But she acknowledged that AB 52, a state law requiring tribal consultation on such projects, had yet to be passed.
The tribe has since said that Monument Ridge is a defining feature of the Wiyot’s cultural landscape, a high spot most likely used during high prayer activities.
— Ryan Burns
UPDATE, 9:31 a.m.: The Task Before the Board
Humboldt County Planning and Building Director John Ford has embarked on the staff report, explaining that the board is considering an appeal of the Planning Commission’s denial of the project.
The task before the board is twofold, he explained: They’re being asked to certify the environmental impact report (EIR) and to take action on the conditional use permit and special permit required for the project.
“This project has generated a significant amount of public comment and discussion, some of which has been on point and generated meaningful changes to the project,” Ford said. Other comments, he said, have distorted the facts.
“Public controversy does not mean the EIR is inadequate,” Ford said. He has embarked on a PowerPoint presentation describing the project.
— Ryan Burns
UPDATE, 9:02 a.m.: Bohn Outlines the Game Plan
And we’re off.
The room is nearly full to capacity, and Board Chair Rex Bohn starts the meeting by explaining the guidelines for the next couple of days. Each public speaker will get two minutes, he said. People who want to speak were given numbers at the door, and they’ll be called up in numerical order.
Bohn said, “If you lose your place, you lost your place.” In other words, you’d better pay attention and listen for your number to be called.
“We will not tolerate disruptions,” Bohn said. No clapping, cheering or yelling.
Public comment will take up pretty much the whole day, and if necessary — as seems highly likely — it will continue tomorrow. But there is a limit. “Public comment will be stopped tomorrow at noon so deliberation can start,” Bohn said.
The applicant, meaning Terra-Gen, will then be given a chance to respond to the public comment. Staff and the board will be able to ask questions before the board deliberates and takes its vote. No lunch break today! Just a few five- to 10-minute breaks as needed.
— Ryan Burns
Today the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors begins what will likely be two solid, grueling days of hearings on the largest project to come before the county in years — the large-scale wind farm on the ridges above the Eel River Valley proposed by the Terra-Gen company.
Last month a basically deadlocked Planning Commission ended up giving Terra-Gen the thumbs down — mostly, it turned out, because a pro-windfarm commissioner wished to advance the project to a Board of Supervisors appeal.
The Wiyot Tribe, the neighboring communities of Scotia and Rio Dell and — somewhat surprisingly — several local environmental groups have come out strongly against the project, which was install some four dozen large turbines on the tops of Bear River and Monument Ridges. Representatives from each of those communities are expected to turn out in force to object.
Want to participate? The Board of Supervisors meets today until 7 p.m. at the Adorni Center — 1011 Waterfront Drive, Eureka — and may do the same tomorrow, depending on how many speakers they can get through today.
Spectators can tune into the Board of Supes’ video livestream or listen via KZZH-FM, Access Humboldt’s low-power radio station — 96.7 FM or streaming online in the player below.
KZZH-FM Live Stream of Board of Supes Terra-Gen Hearing
We’ll be updating this post all day.
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