News: Statement Regarding Notices of Appeal filed by Center for Biological Diversity, National Parks Conservation Association in Cadiz Project CEQA Cases
12.01.14 – Last week, the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) filed independent appeals of two of the six recent Orange County Superior Court Judgments upholding the governmental approvals and environmental review of the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery & Storage Project (Cadiz Project or Project) under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). In October, Tetra Technologies Inc. previously appealed four of the six Judgments that had rejected their claims. All six CEQA Judgments are now before the California Court of Appeals, Fourth District and are expected to be heard in 2015. The appeals were anticipated and the appeals process is not projected to have any impact on the Company’s ongoing implementation and pre-construction activities for the Water Project.
Once constructed, the Cadiz Project will conserve enough water to satisfy the needs of 400,000 people every year without causing harm to the environment. An exhaustive environmental review of the Project was conducted by the Santa Margarita Water District and an independent review was undertaken by San Bernardino County pursuant to its Desert Groundwater Ordinance. The Superior Court Judgments upheld all of the approvals granted by both of these public agencies against every allegation brought by the petitioners and we remain confident that the public approvals and the trial court rulings will be sustained in the appeals process.