STP Founder, Baron Partlow, Responds to City's Decision to Sue Regarding Mexican Sewage Spill
Jun 29, 2017 08:45PM ● Published by Paul Spear
Gallery: IB City Councilman Mark West with STP Founder Baron Partlow [4 Images] Click any image to expand.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
STP FOUNDER RESPONDS TO CITY’S DECISION TO SUE REGARDING MEXICAN SEWAGE
Imperial Beach, CA, June 22, 2017: STP FOUNDER RESPOND TO CITY’S DECISION TO SUE REGARDING MEXICAN SEWAGE
STP REACTS TO IMPERIAL BEACH MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL FOR DECISION TO HIRE LAW FIRM TO SUE FOR DAMAGES CAUSED BY MEXICAN SEWAGE
San Diego, CA, June 22, 2017:
Baron Partlow, organizer of the local activist group known as Stop the Poop (STP), was impressed to hear the City Council of Imperial Beach voted unanimously to commence litigation to hire a major Environmental Law Firm to sue over sewage. Who the city will target has not been revealed yet.
In February Partlow, could not even go to the beach he became enraged. The smell was over powering he could not walk on the beach. He immediately identified and reported a sewage spill in the ocean.
Partlow founded STP in March a national support group. Since then he has become known as an outspoken and unapologetic leader. He has rallied over 1,000 disgusted and outraged residents and citizens. Their dedication to motivating elected officials to hold Mexico accountable and responsible has continuously made news coverage local, county and statewide though the sewage issue has barely become a national story.
Partlow’s viewpoint and rage as not waivered since that day on the beach. Partlow is often heard saying “This was an act of biological and environmental terrorism of the government of Mexico on the United States of America. This was a deliberate act from Mexico and has robbed us of the serenity of a national treasure, the Tijuana Estuary Wildlife Reserve, as well as the cities of Imperial Beach, Coronado, and San Diego. This is equivalent to dropping a dirty bomb in the form of 246 million gallons of raw sewage.”
STP voices their "citizen's rage" in all facets of communication; city council meetings, meetings with federal, state, and local elected leaders, phone calls, interviews, marches, social media and more.
A lawsuit might be what will uphold The Treaty of February 3, 1944 per IBWC Minute 283, Mexico is in direct violation shall be fined for at least $25,000 for each of the 17 days in February during the massive spill per the Cal OES Handbook for a total of $425,000. There have been eleven more subsequent spills since the massive spill, which would result in another fine of $275,000.
Often U.S. IBWC is notified of spills by citizens who monitor the river gauge online, residents in the Tijuana River Valley and/or Border Patrol. Both sides of the U.S. Mexican border need improvement on an alarm system to notify both entities of when the Pump Stations, River Gauge, or Canyons have flow above a threshold.
But, nothing has been fixed.
In fact, the flows continue, almost unabated, and with no rain for months.
STP has estimated close to 500 million gallons spilled into the United States via Smuggler’s Gulch, Goat Canyon, Yogurt Canyon, Border Field, Tijuana Estuary, Tijuana River and other unidentified locations from Mexico just this year.
The idea to apply economic pressure has been voiced from STP include, closing the border each time there’s a spill, having state and federal funds to build containment ponds on United States side of the border, requiring all Mexican registered vehicles to pay an environmental tax when crossing the border, if the Mexican vehicle is not registered the vehicle is refused entry, along with other suggestions.
The common thread is STP doesn’t want to REWARD Mexico for bad behavior. By allowing
unchecked pollution and rewarding them with financial help to rebuild their system, with no consequence for current bad behaviors, which will make it easier to not do the work fully and expeditiously. The US IBWC has no way to punish them for continuing to pollute, or dragging their feet on the improvements, or worse, pocketing money and doing a half-ass job that looks good on paper. These are all concerns that members of the group have.
Some have expressed concern the STP tone is anti-Mexican. According to Partlow, “the group isn’t against the Mexican people. They are however, against the Mexican government for flagrantly violating the Treat of 1944, covering up their culpability, and expecting to get a free sewage system for their trouble. Not cool.”
To reach Baron Partlow – 619-210-4907
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