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We, the undersigned, demand adoption of the alternate route for the SIEPAC power lines as presented by the Comitea SIEPAC de Alfombra. The residents of Alfombra and the undersigned reject present plans to pass these lines through our territory based on the following concerns:
Mature rain and cloud forest would have to be clearcut, posing the threat of severe erosion and landslide above our village, in addition to destroying the kind of endangered ecosystem the CR government purports to value and protect.
Access to this cleared corridor would be maintained with regular applications of herbicide, as ICE has admitted in court; the huge watershed originating in our area and serving several communities down to the coast would thus be contaminated.
The economic future of our community would be jeopardized; the pueblo has a bright future in sustainable eco-tourism thanks to its pristine habitat, refreshing mountain climate, and tranquil beauty.
Existing properties and eco-lodges would be severely devalued.
Health risks associated with high-voltage electric radiation are controversial; we prefer to err on the side of precaution.


By contrast, the alternate route (a mere 2 km north and on the other side of the ridge) passes over deforested pastureland in an arid valley with no significant watershed and minimal population. Few trees would need to be cut and no herbicides applied. This route runs parallel to an existing dirt road, so construction and maintenance would be easier, offsetting the cost of its slightly longer length (10\%).

This petition addresses and will be presented to the following entities:


The President and senior management in CR of the IADB (Inter-American Development Bank). ICE and EPR, charged with building the SIEPAC project, are not following your environmental policy as stated on the IADB website. As the major source of funding for this project (IADB#CA0035), we call on you to demand compliance with your policy.
The President of ICE, Sr. Pedro Pablo Quiros. We call on you to honor your word, given on November 23, 2009, that SIEPAC will not pass through Alfombra. We have confidence that you will also honor the recommendations made by your colleagues at SETENA, and heed the findings of MINAE and SINAC that the alternate route is a better choice.
The US and Canadian Embassies. Both countries have contributed to this project. We call upon you to protect the assets of your citizens by advising adoption of the alternate route.
The President and government of Costa Rica. We support official discourse about protecting and preserving this beautiful country, and salute the creation of Minae and its sub-ministries charged with enforcing this commitment. Our case sets a precedent. We urge you to take action and make it clear that CR is serious about its commitment to environmental integrity.

We demand that this project and all future projects of its kind be undertaken under the rule of environmental law, and with respect for the people and Natural splendor of Costa Rica!

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Nelda HumphreyBy:
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the President and senior management in Costa Rica of the IADB (Inter-American Development Bank), the President of ICE, the American and Canadian Ambassadors to Costa Rica, and the President and Parliament of Costa Rica

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