Link to the video: https://vimeo.com/282697935
Why are the people of Elmore County fighting so hard to stop the construction of the Cat Creek Energy project on Camas Prairie? The scenic value, quiet recreation, the wildlife, our Anderson Ranch fisheries and preserving Idaho’s traditional heritage are just some of the reasons.
Chris Stephens, the owner of the S Bar Ranch, might have captured the true essence for why this massive energy project should be shut down in the linked video.
Here are some quotes from that video
- “With such diversity between the lowlands, the water, dark timber, the aspens, the sage, I think it’s the perfect area.” ~ Chris Stephens
- ‘It’s really just a piece of heaven [the Camas Prairie]” ~ Allen Thompson, local rancher and prairie resident.
- “Just the construction alone will change the ecosystem up here. It going to bring Medusas (Medusahead rye), cheatgrasses, invasive species that aren’t here normally, and they’re going to thrive in this environment.” ~ local resident Steve Alderman
- “The county and the developer had private negotiations to address the development agreement. Then they said, here is what we’re going to do, this is it. The public didn’t have a meaningful opportunity to address the issues in it. [The Development Agreement]” ~ Notable Boise, Idaho Lawyer, Merlyn Clark
- Steve Alderman said of the required conditional use permit postings on Camas Prairie before the hearing, “I saw one posting. My neighbor next door to me saw zero.” He went on to say, “the residents of Elmore County and Glenns Ferry in particular, had no idea of what was going on and I bet three-quarters of them still have no idea. It’s just been washed underneath the table … no one really knew about it.”
- “I’ve committed all my resources into getting the message out. This isn’t a good project for this area. You’ll never be able to clean up this area once you build these huge [500 foot tall] towers.” ~ Chris Stephens
Help stop John Faulkner / Cat Creek Energy and his misplaced 24,000-acre development.