Posted on | August 26, 2009 | 4 Comments
Publication yesterday by the Pacific Institute of the 2001 Department of Interior environmental impact report of the Cadiz groundwater project in the Mojave prompted the announcement by Cadiz Inc today that it would be seeking a new review, the scope of which is unclear.
“…because of changes made to the Project since the original EIR/EIS was published in 2001, including a change to the pipeline alignment and new project participants, Cadiz is pursuing a new EIR in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act.
In the coming months we will release a draft of the new EIR and there will be a comment period and numerous opportunities for the public to review this new document.
While we believe the original EIR/EIS is informative, the project is now much different than was contemplated in 2001. We hope that your readers will review this new EIR and send comments. As soon as the new EIR is available, we will publish it on our website.”
In an April 8, 2009 Letter to Shareholders, Cadiz assured investors, “because this new pipeline route does not cross federal land, as previous plans envisioned, the Project requires approval only by local and state agencies, a process already underway.”
“Already under way” … “in the coming months” … while investors might not take kindly to being misinformed, the changeable assertion to be watched is whether or not Cadiz can, as it claims, avoid another review by the US Department of Interior, whose agency reports proved so damning in the 2001 review.
It remains to be seen if a new federal review will be required. However, given that the amount of water proposed to be taken is unchanged, it’s hard to see how the hydrological aspects of the 2001 federal review covered by the US Geological Survey and US National Park Service are outdated. Watch this space.
This post has been updated. Grammatical corrections have been made and links added.