This March, after seven years of planning and with millions of dollars poured into attorneys, consultants and travel junkets, Sithe Global not only delayed the (Desert Rock) project once again — beyond 2015 this time — but said it is considering changing it extensively. In June, the company gave up the only funding it had secured for construction of the project, when it allowed a $3.2 billion industrial revenue bond and tax break from San Juan County, N.M., to expire. And now, with its champion (Navajo Nation President) Shirley stepping down because of term limits this fall, Desert Rock’s days are likely numbered.
Is the Desert Rock power plant proposal near death? Though the Navajo Nation insists the coal-fired plant proposed for tribal land is still on track, a number of recent developments indicate otherwise.
Today, High Country News published an excerpt of Albuquerque-based environmental writer Laura Paskus’ in-depth look at the rise and fall of Desert Rock.
The link below is just a taste – the site will publish her full report in the coming days.