Surfrider withdraws lawsuit opposing Carlsbad desalination plant
One of two environmental organizations opposed to a proposed desalination plant in Carlsbad has withdrawn its lawsuit, the plant’s developer announced Friday.
The Surfrider Foundation had challenged a Superior Court ruling that upheld a 2008 decision by the State Lands Commission to approve the project by Poseidon Resources, which went through 10 years of permit approvals and court fights.
“Poseidon Resources and our public water agency customers appreciate Surfrider Foundation’s decision to put an end to its legal challenges to the Carlsbad desalination project,” said Poseidon Vice President Scott Maloni. “In doing so, Surfrider has chosen to abide by numerous court rulings and to accept the unwavering determination by the state’s regulatory agencies that the project is environmentally benign.”
The move leaves San Diego Coastkeeper as the remaining litigant fighting the plant.
Gabriel Solmer, the Coastkeeper legal director, said her organization will continue its lawsuit, which is against the State Lands Commission, not Poseidon.
“We believe the lawsuit has merit,” Solmer said. “We believe the appellate panel will have a better sense of how the (permitting) process works, or should have worked.”
No court dates have been set for the lawsuit, which has yet to be assigned to a judge, Solmer said
Construction of the plant began in November.
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