California Coastal Commission denies desalination plant permit

May 14, 2022

By JOSH FRIEDMAN

The California Coastal Commission has rejected a planned $1.4 billion desalination plant in Orange County over environmental concerns, despite the state’s ongoing drought conditions. [The Guardian]

More than two decades ago, desalination company Poseidon Water sought to build two plants in California — one in Carlsbad and one in Huntington Beach. Poseidon built the plant in Carlsbad, but the one in Huntington Beach faced numerous delays.

On Thursday, the Coastal Commission voted unanimously to deny a permit for Poseidon Water to construct the Huntington Beach plant. The decision came at the conclusion of a heated hearing attended by dozens of supporters and critics of the proposed desalination plant.

The Coastal Commission rejected the proposal, even though Gov. Gavin Newsom supported it. California has spent most of the last 15 years in drought conditions, and Newsom last summer urged residents to cut water consumption by 15 percent.

Environmentalists opposed the planned desalination plant, arguing it would kill billions of tiny marine organisms by drawing in large amounts of ocean water and releasing salty discharge back into the ocean. The affected organisms make up the base of the food chain along a large swath of the coast, environmentalists say.

Coastal Commissioner Dayna Bocho said the ocean is already under attack from climate change.

“I cannot say in good conscience that this amount of damage is okay,” Bocho said.

Other critics said the desalinated water would be too expensive and is not urgently needed in the area where the plant would be built, which is less dependent on state and federal water due to an ample aquifer and recycling program.

Poseidon released a statement saying it was disappointed with the Coastal Commission’s decision

“California continues to face a punishing drought, with no end in sight,” the company said in the statement. “Every day, we see new calls for conservation as reservoir levels drop to dangerous lows. We firmly believe that this desalination project would have created a sustainable, drought-tolerant source of water.”


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IDBOUND

The Ca Coastal Commision needs to be disbanded .Each county on the coast should decide what is done with their portion of the coast line within each counties jurisdiction .Major county coastline decisions should be placed for residents of each county to a public vote.


Rambunctious

When you don’t have to stand for election, you can do all kinds of dumb things…. This is why the commission was created… To shield elected politicians while doing their dirty work…..

So we can’t build more reservoirs and we can’t build desal plants and we can’t truck water in or build pipelines…

Okay Gruesome Newsome the ball is in your court… What will you do to ease the drought?….

I know you will pass lawn watering restrictions….

When will Californians stand up and say no more and dump the party in power?….


mullyman

Ca has no water and these morons vote against some thing because of the woke left climate change fiasco. Ca has the strictest reg’s and highest tax’s and still have no water or power because of woke left and you put this power hunger coastal commission in charge what fools!!!!


Borderline

What about our stressed coastal aquifers, streams, rivers? Don’t they deserve some consideration? Guess it’s just easier for a bureaucrat to say no rather than try and come up with a solution.


Messkit

Leftists–“We must do something immediately about the state water shortage!”


Also leftists–“We don’t mean actually do something, we mean raise taxes and regulations with promises of great efforts to come while not really believing it ourselves, and deny logical solutions to the crisis we created…”


commonsenseguy

The hell with the Coastal Commission!! Nothing more than a bunch of un-elected environmental nut cases that have no vision of reality. May all of them dry up like chaff in the wind and blow away somewhere forever.