Saturday, December 01, 2018

BAJA RACE BULLETIN! BAJA 1000 2018 SUSPENDED!





UPDATED! November 30, 2018

!CRIMINAL CHARGES FILED AGAINST ROGER NORMAN IN BAJA CALIFORNIA, Mexico!

"The Federal Environmental Protection Agency (Profepa) has formally presented a criminal complaint to the Federal Attorney General against the american enterprise company Score International, S de R.L. de C.V. (name in Mexico), for carrying out the Baja 1000 Off Road Race in 2018 in Ensenada. 

The complaint was filed Wednesday, November 28, 2018 in the Ensenada offices of the federal attorney general, because the race organizers violated Articles 418, (I) and (II), 420(IV) and (V) and other sections of the General Law of Ecological Equilibrium and Protection of Flora and Fauna in the Valle de los Cirios."

Charges Filed Nov. 28, Reported Nov. 29. 

 

CLICK HERE FOR THE LOCAL MEX STORY

MEXICO CITY (Associated Press) — "Mexico's office for environmental protection says it has filed a criminal complaint against the organizer of the Score Baja 1000 off-road race for damaging protected desert areas. The office said Thursday that some participants in the Nov. 14-18 race departed from agreed-on routes and damaged cactuses and other desert plants in the Valle de los Cirios protected area.

Inspectors found damaged choya, agave and cardon plants. Score International spokesman Juan Tintos Funcke says the Reno, Nevada-based company has not received any formal notification from Mexican authorities. Tintos Funcke's statement adds that "as soon as we do we will coordinate ourselves with them in order to attend to it". The race started and ended  in Ensenada in the State of Baja California."





ORIGINAL REPORTING: Score International has been fined with more than half a million pesos and as a precautionary measure, to guarantee the coverage of the payment, the performance of the 2018 Score Baja 1000 off-road race has been suspended! 

UPDATE
November 14, 2018
Ensenada.net is reporting: 
"One say for the start of the Baja 1000 Off Road events, Proturismo has not yet totally paid the ejidos, and the Secretary of the Environment (SEMARNAT) has not yet issued its authorizations. The SEMARNAT representative in Baja California told Score International it has not provided the information the federal government has asked for to approve the permit. Score has provided an incomplete Environmental Impact Report. SEMARNAT says vehicles will not be allowed to cross the Valle de los Cirios. The agency also warned that if the racers ignore their instructions and cross that area again, they will be subject to a criminal lawsuit before the federal Attorney General. Score was fined 500,000 pesos for the same reason for their 2017 race, and has still not paid it, as they intend to reach an agreement with SEMARNAT to repair the damages."



October 12, 2018

From the right, Frank DeAngelo Executive Director, Motorsports of Jackson Motorsports partner with Trump promoter SCORE President Roger Norman of Nevada and San Diego resident.

Roger Norman went on American media today and called Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, "dirty Mexico's Fake President".

The San Diego Reader reporter also said, Norman is flaunting, "the 'Profepa' fine will not be paid and SCORE is intending to destroy more of the environment in this years race event, than in the entire history of racing in Mexico"

"We will crush and kill more in this year's Baja 1000, than ever", said Roger Norman, President and CEO of SCORE International. Norman called the Mexican President, the reported Profepa fine and American media, "Fake, fake and fake".

Gary Newsome, Publisher
From the office of BajaRacingNews.com
in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. 
  


October 12, 2018
Race Bulletin Follow-Up!>>>
The State Responds!
BAJA 1000 2018 LIVE! CLICK HERE!
The Official ONLINE Real-Time Coverage
https://bajasafari.blogspot.com/2018/06/death-race-baja-1000-41-years-of-death.html
   
BAJA 1000 2018 SUSPENDED UNTIL ROGER NORMAN PAYS PROFEPA FINE & RECEIVES 2018 PERMIT

The Federal Office of Environmental Protection (Profepa) imposed this sanction because in the last edition of this competition out of the way, protected areas of Valle de los Cirios were visited without authorization.

Among the damages caused is the destruction of cactaceous specimens of the species lophocerus schotti, listed in the category of special protection. Profepa pointed out that for these environmental violations a temporary suspension of commercial activities related to the provision of tourist services to the company Score International S. de RL de CV is applied.

Check for damages! 


In the inspection visit to the site where the participating vehicles traveled, the damage caused by the traffic of the cars was verified and they were greater due to the speed in which they passed through the protected areas.

SCORE FINED $27,000 US!

When it was verified that there was no authorization for the passage through these points and after carrying out the corresponding administrative process, it was decided to apply an economic sanction for 507 thousand 780 pesos to the mentioned company.  



The company was also warned that it should refrain from carrying out activities similar to the one that caused the fine without having authorization to transit through protected natural areas.

Pre-Running Barred until Feds get paid & permit issued!

In November 2014, Profepa announced a fine to the organizers of the Baja 1000 for up to 50,000 minimum salaries, although officially it is not known until now whether the sanction was applied or not because it was appealed before the federal administrative courts.

Public Comments so far...

Orlando Gotay
"I am glad that Profepa is taking action on this matter and I hope you realize that the declaration of environmental impacts, which submitted Score for the Baja 1000 this year, is a joke in bad taste. I like it!"

Benigno Franco Castro
"Hopefully they do not let themselves be bought for a few $$$$$ ...mirrors...and definitely it is prohibited to continue damaging the ecosystems of the country." 

October 12, 2018
Race Bulletin Follow-Up!>>>
The State Responds!

Original Bulletin Dated October 11, 2018

UPDATED! November 21, 2014

***Yea, we knew about this, but we don't think 'plants' should be considered more important than human beings.***

Reportedly, SCORE Fined an estimated  $246,153.846

BULLETIN! UPDATED!
June 26, 2016  !CLICK HERE!
Our EXCLUSIVE Coverage 1

December 13, 2014; !CLICK HERE!
Our EXCLUSIVE Coverage 2

***Newspaper Articles from Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

http://www.elvigia.net/general/2014/11/20/aplican-multa-baja-1000-178885.html 


""The race organizers Baja Mil will be fined up to 50 thousand minimum wage, just over 3.5 million, for making part of their path through protected areas, without the permission and even though he had warned them that did not.
The financial penalty is outside the exercise of civil and criminal actions that are applicable for violation of various environmental standards, according to a press release states of Baja California delegation of the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection.
Possible violations by the promoters of the competition out of the way are: Failure to what makes the General Law of Ecological Balance and Environmental Protection in article 28, section XI, which states that those who wish to undertake an activity area Natural protected required prior authorization for environmental impact.
Non-submission of an environmental impact study for activities in these areas, mandatory under Article 5 of the Regulation on Environmental Impact of the General Law of Ecological Balance and Environmental protection.
According to the briefing note for the agency Baja California "not to undermine the settled irregularities in the minutes of raised inspection on 12 November this year may be administratively sanctioned () with a fine equivalent to thirty and fifty thousand days of minimum wage force in the Federal District at the time of imposing the sanction. "
Profepa announced by public statements belies Oscar Ramos, representative of Score International, and the Secretary of Tourism Oscar Escobedo Carignan, referring to the 47th edition of the Baja Mil had the necessary environmental permits.

the reasons

- Breach of the General Law of Ecological Balance and Environmental Protection
- Failure of an EIS for activities in these areas"".


***A week before the Baja 1000 there was this article in El Vigia (Nov 6th):

http://www.elvigia.net/general/2014/11/6/sigue-baja-permiso-ambiental-176472.html

"Baja 1000 Lacks Environmental Impact Permit to Cross Valle de Cirios

As of yesterday, the promoters of the Baja 1000 did not have the environmental impact authorization, not from the Baja California Environmental Protection Agency, much less from the federal authorities.

The Ensenada Citizens organization reported that it formally asked the Baja California Environmental Protection Agency for the environmental impact study, after the race organizers disclosed the route for the 47th Edition of the Baja 1000.

The response by the state authority was that they have still not issued such a resolution, after Score International presented its request on October 16, and they are still within the time period established by regulations to rule on the study.

KNOWN ROUTE

For his part, the representative of the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources, Alfonso Blancafort Camarena, said he knew that the race route would cross a part of Valle de los Cirios, a protected zone, and there is no authorization to carry out the race there.

He said that based upon the time frame established by the regulations, the race organizers cannot comply with the requirement of the permit request. That is because it is a protected natural area and it is very difficult to authorize a permit of the type requested.

He pointed out that if the race competitors cross the protected natural area, the Federal Environmental Agency will have to intervene and sanction who do it.

The Baja 1000 will be held November 11 to 15, and will start from Ensenada and go to La Paz, Baja California Sur."



Gary Newsome, Publisher
BajaRacingNews.com

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