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Re: Electricity?
« Reply #15 on: February 10, 2012, 04:00:24 PM »
From the new book Paisanos Past with excerpts from the park newspapers 1978-1997 there is a piece from Sept. 1989 about an environmental assessment being done so they can run power over to Boquillas   

The proposed project consists of erecting an "H" structure power pole, guy-wiring two poles, and running about 899 feet of three-phase wire from a take-off pole to the center of the Rio Grand.  From that point, the state of Coahuila would take responsibility for finishing the job

There is a footnote that says

A 1992 study by the U.S. Dept of Energy to investigate the possibility of solar and wind for Boquillas states that "a number of homes and businesses are wired, complete with wall plugs,light sockets and even bulbs, in anticipation of electrical service.  An extensive power grid with 33 utility poles has been installed by the Mexican Government, originally to provide electricity via the U.S. power grid...: however, this project was stopped for political and legal reasons."

It also says that in 1959 the power was run over to La Linda and in 1973 the power was run over to Lajitas and Santa Elena.

I wonder what the "political and legal reasons" were?   :eusa_think:
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Re: Electricity?
« Reply #16 on: February 10, 2012, 04:09:15 PM »
I am not sure.  I talked to an attorney who, among other clients, represented the Sierra Club back then and he made it seem like it was obvious why they would oppose the power lines into Boquillas but did not state a reason.  To my simple way of thinking it was equally obvious that we would want to help the people of Boquillas and providing power would be a good way to help them particularly since most of the infrastructure was already in place in anticipation.




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