Conservationists opposed to the Banning Ranch development celebrated a major legal victory last week with a California Supreme Court ruling that would require the developer to go back to square one and redo the environmental analysis for the project.
The Coastal Commission will decide on Friday whether oil and gas production operations in Newport Beach on the Banning Ranch site should be expanded. This could include drilling up to 77 new wells while abandoning 4 existing wells.
Activists are encouraging the public to attend the final Coastal Commission hearing for Banning Ranch on September 7th. The California Coastal Commission staff has recommended a significant reduction to the project.
Coastal Commissioners are embroiled in one controversy after another yet are poised to vote on key projects that could impact future generations. Are lobbyists, lawyers and legislators selling out the public trust and ignoring public accountability?
Dozens of residents and activists, including a native peoples’ advocate, showed up to Thursday’s Coastal Commission meeting to criticize officials for poor communication and scaling back their protection of natural habitat.
Stefanie Sekich-Quinn, a coastal preservation manager at the Surfrider Foundation writes that moves to remove the executive director of the Coastal Commission are nothing more than a power grab by developers who covet California’s most precious jewel, our 1,100-mile coastline.