August 30th, 2007
The Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Council took a stand against the newÂ power plant calledÂ Desert Rock to be built on the Navajo Nation’sÂ reservation.Â The Ute tribeÂ unanimously passing a resolution opposing construction of the proposed power plant.
The Ute Mountain Utes may be the first tribe to register opposition to Desert Rock Energy Project, joining a roster of local government boards that have done so.Â “The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe believes that all of the Four Corners communites must work together to find a way to balance economic development, energy needs, environmental protection and protection of public health,” said tribal Chairman Manuel Heart. “This proposed Desert Rock power plant fails to achieve the appropriate balance.”
The tribe expressed concern about what it called “the potential degradation of regional air quality and impacts on the health and welfare” of tribal members and residents of the Four Corners.Â Desert Rock spokesman Frank Maisano fired back in an interview, saying it was “absolutely incorrect” that the proposed power plant would degrade air quality.