Environmentalists Could Save Taxpayers $67 Billion for Special Interest Delta Tunnel Boondoggle

Sometimes people do the right thing. The confused Governor, Jerry Brown, wants to spend a minimum of $67 billion to move water from north to south, but not create a single new drop of water. This is about paying off the unions and special interests-not about the needs of the people.

Environmentalists love alternative energy, until you try to build it. They want parks to be used by the public—but make sure the public cannot get into them, like the closing of Yosemite to people and cars, while severely curtailing camping opportunities. Now they are taking on the Delta Tunnel, they will be able to keep this issue in courts for years.

“They say they’ve looked and looked, but nowhere in the more than 40,000 pages of the draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan and its draft environmental impact report-environmental impact statement can they find the “implementing agreement” that is required by federal and state law, says an environmental group in a letter to officials pushing the plan.

And that may make the controversial plan illegal, says Friends of the River.”

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Environmental group says Delta tunnels plan violates federal and state laws
Central Valley Business Times, 5/16/14

•  Lack of “implementing agreement” cited

•  “It is absurd to expect the public to trust the BDCP process”
They say they’ve looked and looked, but nowhere in the more than 40,000 pages of the draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan and its draft environmental impact report-environmental impact statement can they find the “implementing agreement” that is required by federal and state law, says an environmental group in a letter to officials pushing the plan.

And that may make the controversial plan illegal, says Friends of the River.

“The Natural Community Conservation Planning Act requires each conservation plan to include an IA which contains, among other things, ‘provisions for establishing the long-term protection of any habitat,’ ‘provisions ensuring implementation of the monitoring program and adaptive management program,’ and ‘mechanisms to ensure adequate funding to carry out the conservation actions…,’ says the letter, citing the state law to the state and federal agencies trying to push through the BDCP.

An implementing agreement is a commitment from each party specifying how much it’s going pay toward the costs of the plan with its massive water tunnels that could cost as much as $67 billion including interest on the money borrowed to build them.

“The IA is an integral and indispensable necessity to the development and function of the BDCP. However, the parties to the BDCP, water contractors who expect to benefit from the BDCP, have failed to enter an IA which establishes each party’s contribution to the cost, construction, and operation of the BDCP,” says the letter, sent to John Laird, head of the California Natural Resources Agency; David Murillo, regional director of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation; Mark Cowin, director of the state Department of Water Resources; Ren Lohoefener, regional director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Will Stelle, regional director of the National Marine Fisheries Service; and Chuck Bonham, director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Friends of the River says that without the draft implementing agreement, it is not possible for the public to meaningfully review the draft BDCP and its EIR/EIS.

“Accordingly, the absence of the draft IA has resulted in a violation” of the National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, the California Environmental Quality Act and the Natural Communities Conservation Planning Act, the group says.

“In order to remedy these violations, the government must release the Draft IA and open a new, four-month Draft BDCP comment period with every BDCP document available for public review and comment. Beyond these violations of law, the government must open a new public comment period to restore any public confidence in the integrity of the BDCP,” says the letter.

“It is absurd to expect the public to trust the BDCP process without full disclosure of the project’s impacts, costs, and who will pay those costs,” it says.

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Download a copy of the letter here (5-15-14-BDCP-ext-comment-ltr-2.pdf, 105 KB)

 

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Comments

  1. Eagles Glen of eagles says

    Request or require gov to do a FIR (financial impact report) for this project; and also all of those other other things Obama is hiding.

  2. Ca Loser says

    Well for once I am with the environmentalist. Brown made the decision behind closed doors, when they had the public meeting is was a play, rehearsed before hand. Brown is a liar a thief and a dingbat. These tunnels are a bad idea, I mean these state idiots can’t fix the millions of fish being killed in the diversion pumps, how the hell are they going to manage these tunnels, the same way as the pumps? We won’t have a fishery and to hell with Southern CA, start taking it from the rising ocean and leave our fresh water alone. Build in a dry wasteland and then steal our water. On another note have you noticed how the train and the tunnels are taking private land from families that owned the land for generations? This is the way you are treated by liberals, they take what they want claiming its best for everyone. Well that is another lie. Liberals are a threat along with the media and Hollywood. Time to take money out of elections or we are screwed. Another thing, kill the teacher’s union, literally.

  3. Treva Bennett says

    Gov. Brown is bought and paid for by the unions and environmentalists & Hollywood. What could anyone expect? He is a worn out old hippie that would dance to their tune. Vote for Tim Donnelly. Let’s clean up Sacramento and take our state back!

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