POSEIDON Was Responsible for Delaying the Poseidon Plant!


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Poseidon Protesters Protest Poseidon Perfidy! (Courtesy, we think, of John Earl of Surf City Voice.

[Ed. Note: A month from today, June 30, a vote by a water board that includes Kris Murray (representing Anaheim) and Mayoral candidate Vincent Sarmiento (representing Santa Ana, where he is running for Mayor) will begin two days of meetings that will likely decide the fate of the Poseidon boondoggle to be sited in Huntington Beach.  The pricey desalination site would provide water for South Orange County, and potentially to paid for by almost everyone in OC except for South Orange County.  (At least that was a former plan; whatever is being concocted now won’t likely be much better.  Poseidon has excelled at, when turned away at one door, coming back with a plan tweaked by its legal and lobbying staff to look different and better while ultimately having the same  sorts of problems — mostly, it makes guaranteed money from residents for providing a service that will not even be needed, and does so without the project going out for bid — a huge problem given its previous failures.)

John has been re-posting past stories to put the issues in context:

This story from 2008 is about the proposed $1 billion Poseidon Water ocean desalination project, to be paid for by Orange County Water District ratepayers, [the issues regarding which] remain largely the same today.” ]

He writes in his introduction, which contains much more information than you’ll find here:

“My article has been updated with information about how to participate in important permit hearings coming up at the end of July. Please share widely.

The Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board is scheduled to vote on the proposed $1 billion Poseidon ocean desalination project after virtual public hearings to be held on July 30 and 31 at 8:30 a.m. If needed, another meeting will be held on August 7, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

Meeting agendas will be available 10 days before the first meeting or earlier at this link (click here).”

(Greg here again.)  Among the topics covered are:

  • How an environmental scientist for to California Coastal Commission, having figured out how wrong Poseidon’s calculations about its business model (and the price to be passed on to consumers) were, sought more information from Poseidon — and had to wait two years (of needless delay) to receive it.
  • How Poseidon had not addressed various questions on its permit application and misrepresented material facts in answering others.
  • How Poseidon low-balled the construction price and — more importantly — the price contractually imposed on consumers.

And there’s so much more!  Click this link (the same as the top one above) and, if you can, leave him a tip for all of his work.  Unlike local politicians, he’s not getting support from a rapacious private equity fund that will go to extreme lengths to make good on its investment.


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About Surf City Voice

John Earl is the editor of the Surf City Voice. Frequent contributor Debbie Cook, a former Huntington Beach Mayor, is board president of the Post Carbon Institute.