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U2′s Edge Loses Battle with Environmentalists

John on June 17, 2011 at 8:05 am

The Edge is an environmentalist and long time promoter of Greenpeace. He is also learning a hard lesson about the down side of stringent environmental regulations:

A plan by U2′s lead guitarist, the Edge, and his associates to build several mansions overlooking the Pacific Ocean was denied on Thursday by California officials, who said the project would be a visual blight on a pristine ridgeline.

The California Coastal Commission, which voted 8-4 to reject the controversial 156-acre project, also cited potential damage to native vegetation near the seaside enclave of Malibu.

The Edge, whose real name is David Evans, bought the ridge-top parcel of land for his proposed home in 2005 and has since been fighting to win approval for the development.

A spokeswoman for the Edge said the guitarist and his associates were weighing a potential lawsuit and other options to revive the project.

I hope they do file a lawsuit. It’s the Edge’s property; he ought to be able to build on it. Still I can’t help thinking this is a case of being hoist on your own petard.

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