Report: Schwarzenegger Backs Controversial Power Project

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is pushing
to run a high-voltage power line through California's largest state

The San Diego Gas & Electric project would build industrial-style towers up to 160 feet tall to carry the new line 20 miles through the Anza Borrego Desert State Park. The line would carry renewable power from yet-to-be built plants in the Imperial Desert.

Currently, wooden poles carry low-voltage lines through the park.

Schwarzenegger says the project is significant because it helps move California into the future, and provide more power to a thriving region.

Anza Borrego's 600,000 acres is home to a variety of wildlife and contains structures thought to be early human dwellings. The park is visited by nearly a million people each year.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-04-27-08 1222EDT

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