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    Native Americans Protest Power Plant Construction In Medicine Lake Highlands 01/28/2006 MEDICINE LAKE HIGHLANDS POWER PLANT PROTEST
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      Native Americans Protest Power Plant Construction In Medicine Lake
      Highlands

      01/28/2006 MEDICINE LAKE HIGHLANDS POWER PLANT PROTEST
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      On January 27th, Native Americans and their supporters from across
      the country gathered at the Calpine energy company headquarters in
      San Jose to protest the company's proposed plans to build power
      plants and drill for geothermal energy in the culturally important
      Medicine Lake Highlands, located in Northeastern California. The
      tribal members and supporters demand that Calpine immediately cease
      and desist from its proposed energy extraction plans as this would
      devastate the Native cultural and natural environmental landscape
      around Medicine Lake.
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      The Highlands comprises the largest shield volcano on this continent
      and is home to many rare birds and animals that live in the lava
      tubes, obsidian flows, old-growth forests and craters. The spring
      waters in this area are some of the clearest and cleanest in the
      country. This area, used since time immemorial for healing, ceremony
      and other cultural purposes by Native peoples, is sacred to the
      tribes of the Pit River, Modoc, Shasta, Karuk, Wintu and many others.
      Calpine has federal energy development leases that cover eight square
      miles, and if built a nine-story high power plant complex would
      annually produce tons of toxic hydrogen sulfide gas and other heavy
      metals such as arsenic and mercury. The sacred and natural area would
      be clearcut to make space to build toxic slump ponds, roads,
      pipelines, cooling towers, and the tallest building in northeastern
      California, which would be fully lit around the clock. This project
      threatens the underlying aquifer which is California's largest spring
      system. Native peoples, homeowners, environmentalists and other
      concerned citizens have been opposing this project since it was first
      proposed. Ironically, the geothermal energy extracted from the area
      would be bought and sold as "green energy"
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