Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council
High Speed Rail to conduct Tunnel Study in Angeles National Forest - Comment Deadline Oct 23Posted on 10/04/15
High Speed Rail to conduct Tunnel Study in Angeles National Forest
The California High Speed Rail Authority wants to bore holes deep beneath the Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains to determine the feasibility of constructing a high speed rail tunnel through these protected lands. If allowed to perform its tests, the rail authority will drill down 2,500 feet below the surface, puncturing holes through the aquifers on or near existing fire roads. A concrete footing or pad will be formed at each site forever marking the locations of these bored holes.
Before allowing permits to be approved for this tunnel study, the U.S. Forest Service is asking for public comments.
Silence means compliance, so please speak up!
We need our comments to become part of the public record. The U.S. Forest Service and HSR need to know that the people of California care about their protected forest lands and that we are watching. We do not want to set a precedence that permits for large infrastructure projects is acceptable on our protected national forest lands.
Attention: George Farra
Angeles National Forest
701 N Santa Anita Ave. , Arcadia, CA, 91006
Note: Comments must be submitted before October 23rd!
Tunnel Study Documents are available here:
Tunnel Study Concerns:
- Residential water wells are located one mile downstream from two of the boring sites.
- Aquifers will be punctured to study groundwater pressures and flows
- Concrete footings will be formed at each drill site similar to a well pad and these concrete footings are permanent and will forever mark the location of these bored holes throughout the Angeles National Forest.
- The trucks and heavy equipment used will be destructive to our protected forest lands.
- The noise, dust, chemicals used for drilling will affect the wildlife, especially the California condor and Golden eagle.
- The Angeles National Forest should be protected from this type of infrastructure development.
- The drilling rigs and their impacts will persist at each location for months and are allowed to continue for one year.