I just got the message I’ve pasted below these comments from the Carlsbad Desal Update folks and want SDRostra.com readers to be up-to-the-minute informed on this important regionally significant project. This project represents the first step in making our region drought proof!
The California Coastal Commission voted today to dismiss a request filed by opponents of seawater desalination to revoke the Carlsbad Desalination Project’s Coastal Development Permit (CDP). The vote marked the second time in as many months that the Commission rejected an attempt by a handful of opponents to revoke the permit issued to the project in November 2007. The Commission has now voted five times since 2007 to affirm its support for the Carlsbad Desalination Project.
Numerous supporters testified and/or submitted letters on behalf of the project, including the California Air Resources Board (CARB), which refuted opponents’ claims that Poseidon intentionally misrepresented and/or omitted material information from the Commission when it approved the Energy Minimization and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan in August 2008.
“Poseidon would like to thank the members of the Coastal Commission for rejecting yet another frivolous attempt to obstruct the ongoing construction of the Carlsbad Desalination Project,” said Poseidon Resources’ Vice President Scott Maloni. “We are also grateful to the California Air Resources Board for acknowledging our unprecedented and voluntary commitment to make the desalination project the first large-scale infrastructure project in the state to be net carbon neutral,” said Maloni.
The permit revocation request marked the tenth legal challenge brought against the desalination project by a small handful of seawater desalination opponents led by environmental litigator Marco Gonzalez. All legal challenges heard to date have been dismissed.
“We hope opponents will reconsider their choice to obstruct the project’s inevitable startup and instead opt to work with us in a constructive manner to ensure the project reaches its promise as the most technologically advanced, energy efficient and environmentally-friendly seawater desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere,” said Maloni.
Phase I of project construction started in November 2009. During the two and half-year construction and start up, the project will create 2,100 jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in economic stimulus. The facility is scheduled to be operational in 2012.