Pubdate: Thu, 19 Sep 2013
Source: Chico News & Review, The (CA)
Copyright: 2013 Chico Community Publishing, Inc.
Author: John Moore


Re "Grading the foothills" (Newslines, by Tom Gascoyne, Aug. 8): "A
graded hillside east of Oroville is one of at least seven properties
whose owners have been sued by the county." Robyn DiFalco, executive
director of Butte Environmental Council, said she is very aware of and
concerned about what is going on in the foothills. "I think this is
one of the most alarming and egregious environmental violations taking

Say what? Robyn, time to wake up: The environmental damage you claim
is caused by marijuana cultivation is nothing compared to the
cataclysmic destruction perpetrated by Sierra Pacific in its quest for
profit. If you are not aware of this, you may wish to take a ride up
Highway 32 and hike back behind the yellow gates. You will discover
multitudinous, huge clear-cuts. Massive amounts of soil have been
churned up and left exposed by Sierra Pacific throughout the upper Big
Chico Creek watershed.

Do you really think that the marijuana production in our foothills is
a more alarming and egregious environmental violation than the logging
by Sierra Pacific? Thinking before you speak would be good. Waking up
to reality would also help.

John Moore

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