9 p.m., Sept. 28
State Lands Commission Approves Lease of State Property for Poseidon's Carlsbad Desalination Plant
The State Lands Commission today (Aug. 22) voted to approve a lease of state property for the Carlsbad desalination plant proposed by Poseidon Resources Corp. Earlier this month, the California Coastal Commission approved the project. Poseidon believes that the favorable vote by the lands commission closes the five-year permitting process. The company expects to begin the project next year and have the plant operational in 2011. Opponents such as the Sierra Club say the plant will destroy millions of fish and also generate greenhouse gas emissions, thus adding to global warming. The Surfrider Foundation has taken legal steps to block the project, but it is not known now whether those efforts will be successful.