Boiling Frogs-Intel vs. the Village

"Boiling Frogs - Intel vs. the Village" recounts the story of Intel Rio Rancho's impact on the air and water in the Village of Corrales from the mid-1980s to the present day. Updates to this ongoing saga will be posted here.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Meeting Gone Ballistic

Intel recently held a meeting in Corrales to inform residents about its proposed permit revision that would double the number of thermal oxidizers and cooling towers thus paving the way for increased production. A Corrales resident who attended the meeting reported that Intel representatives totally lost control of the meeting when a group of enraged locals began loudly protesting. One man, who has had to drill three wells to keep up with his falling water table shouted that if this permit was approved, he would be coming up to the plant with his double-barreled shotgun to show them what he thought of it. A woman who lives just below Intel told of how her two llamas died mysteriously. Her vet said "it must be something in the air." Another grandmother told of how her daughter would not allow her granddaughter to visit at her home because of the risk from Intel. Another woman said that she knew the Intel people were being paid to defend their bosses but that "you know in your heart of hearts that you are poisoning your neighbors." All of these people were previously unknown to CRCAW .....

The seemingly newsworthy events at this meeting were not reported in the local press - other than the Corrales Comment. The blackout on Intel news continues...

The regularly scheduled meeting of Intel's Community Environmental Working Group for the following week was cancelled. Time to regroup, Intel?