The Mammoth Community Water District said Friday, Aug.1, that it plans to sue the local air pollution controlled district for certifying an environmental document that is a necessary part of a proposed geothermal project that the district believes could harm Mammoth's water supply.
Ormat Technologies, the project proponent, will also be mentioned in the lawsuit as a "real party of interest," the news release from the the water district said.
Mammoth Community Water District made its announcement this morning, following a closed session meeting at the district office.
"The Mammoth Community Water District (MCWD) Board of Directors has unanimously voted to pursue a lawsuit against the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District (Great Basin) following the certification of the Final Joint Environmental Impact Statement/ Environmental Impact Report (FEIS/EIR) for the controversial Casa Diablo IV Geothermal Development Project (Casa Diablo IV)," the district's news release said.
"The projectâ€™s proponent, Ormat Technologies, Inc., will be listed as a real party of interest in the lawsuit, which will assert that the FEIS/EIR for Casa Diablo IV is inadequate and violates the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in several respects.
â€śOur Boardâ€™s decision to pursue a lawsuit against Great Basin and Ormat is in line with our top priority: the protection of our local water supply,â€ť said Patrick Hayes, MCWDâ€™s general manager. â€śUnfortunately, the environmental document certified by Great Basin for Casa Diablo IV was blatantly inadequate in its consideration of the projectâ€™s potential negative impacts on our water supply, an error that we cannot overlook, particularly during a record statewide drought.â€ť
"MCWD has determined that the FEIS/EIR is inadequate on numerous accounts, including:
Â· The FEIS/EIR conclusion that there will be no adverse impacts to Mammothâ€™s groundwater resources is lacking any credible scientific support;
Â· There was a lack of transparency evident throughout the FEIS/FEIR process; and
Â· There was a failure to disclose critical documents concerning the hydrological connection between Mammothâ€™s groundwater and the geothermal zones.
"MCWD plans to file the lawsuit against Great Basin in the weeks ahead."