Protestor gather at Calpine headquarters to protest
Medicine Lake power plant
By Jeremy Lipps, Bay City News Service
January 30, 2007
SAN JOSE (BCN) - Native American and environmental protesters
gathered Monday to rally and march to the headquarters of Calpine
to protest possible legal action that could lead to the construction
of a geothermal power plant near Sacred Medicine Lake, which is
located northeast of Mt. Shasta.
A 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Calpine could not build
the plant near the Sacred Medicine Lake, overturning a lower court's
decision, according to Radley Davis of the Pit River Tribe.
"Sacred Medicine Lake holds tremendous spiritual and healing
power for local native populations,'' Davis said.
The protest was to both remind Calpine that Native American groups
remain in the area of Sacred Medicine Lake and will peacefully
resist any further action to appeal the court's decision, Davis
"It's not over until Calpine ceases and desists,'' Davis
The group gathered at Plaza de Ceasar Chavez Park in San Jose
and marched to Calpine's San Jose headquarters at 50 East San
Fernando St. at noon Monday to continue their protest.
Sacred Medicine Lake is believed by Davis and many members of
the Pit River Tribe to have both medicinal and spiritually healing
powers bestowed by "The Creator,'' Davis said.
"I still take my boys up there to drink the water -- to
become men,'' Davis said. "There are spiritual properties
left by 'The Creator'.''
The U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management jointly
own the land, Davis reported.
According to Calpine spokeswoman Katherine Potter, Calpine believes
it can develop the area of Medicine Lake and nearby Glass Mountain
for geothermal power without impacting the spiritual practices
of the various Native American groups in the area.
Calpine is "addressing legal challenges,'' and "discussing
options with the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management,''
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