REDDING, California – The Shasta County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday afternoon to seek more information on “chemtrails” after nearly four hours of public comment on the issue.
Supervisor Pam Giacomini put the item on the agenda, and a number of so-called chemtrail experts addressed the panel, followed by dozens of speakers who blamed a host of personal and environmental ills on airplane exhaust.
Supervisor David Kehoe lauded Shasta County resident Dane Wigington’s efforts to put together the panel of speakers who addressed the board on the issue. He suggested a video be made for all elected officials to learn more about the issue.
“Let them see the passion we saw here today,” he said.
And that, in part, is what supervisors voted to do. A video of Tuesday’s presentation along with other information presented will be forwarded to state and federal agencies with jurisdictions related to air quality, transportation and the environment.
“We’re not only sending them information, we’re also asking them for a response — and that’s never happened before,” Chairman Les Baugh said after the meeting.
Activists claim the government is targeting populations with airplane exhaust laden with heavy metals added secretly to planes at airports and military bases. This effort, which activists also call “geo-engineering,” pollutes the earth and waterways when those metals eventually make their way back to earth.
In response to that concern, supervisors also voted to further research the capabilities of air quality testing currently taking place in the North State, particularly if techniques used at a test location in the Lassen Volcanic National Park can test for aluminum, barium and other heavy metals in question on the nano-level.
Resource Management Director Rick Simon said he would research what it would cost for the county to test for particles that small.
Supervisor Pam Giacomoni said it was important to listen to people’s concerns in the community and dig deeper when presented with compelling, fact-based information.
“They say they have a lot of science, they presented us a lot of information and I think it’s important for us to have that public discussion,” she said.
A panel of people involved in the movement to raise awareness of the geo-engineering conspiracy started the presentation, telling the board that airplane contrails harm human health and the environment.
“We have a contamination issue that is a danger to the public,” Wigington said.
Keynote speaker Matthew Sutton, a CEO with AECOM, did not show for the meeting, a fact Wigington pinned on a phone call made by Shasta County Resource Management Director Rick Simon. Simon said he called Sutton days before the supervisors’ meeting to make sure he knew AECOM was contracted with Shasta County to update the county’s general plan, but he was unsure if that affected his decision not to speak.
Other speakers touched on the conspiracy element behind the belief. Alan Buckman, a former meteorologist, told the supervisors, “We’ve been misled by the military industrial complex.”
Dozens of residents stepped up to the podium to address their concerns. They blamed a host of illnesses to “chemtrails,” including cancer, fibers growing out of their skin, general feelings of malaise, neurological problems and compromised immune systems.
Others ticked off environmental damage, including insects disappearing from one woman’s property, trees dying, aquatic insects dying off in water contaminated by aluminum, drought, wildfires and holes in the ozone layer.
Regardless of where you stand on the issue, supervisor Giacomini said it was an important discussion to have when brought up by so many of the people she represents.
Speakers were to include Wigington, of Bella Vista, who runs geoengineeringwatch.org; Alan Buckman, formerly a biologist with California’s Department of Fish and Game; Francis Mangles, a retired biologist with the U.S. Forest Service; neurologist Hamid Rablee; former pilots Jeff Nelson, Russ Lazuka and Fred Meyer; Mark McCandlisk; and Earendil M. Spindelilus.