Just too Weird

NRDC, one of the groups wanting the Water Board Hearings to be delayed specifically because of the change from two tunnels to one, had the same thoughts as I did in my prior blog about the Hearings starting tomorrow even after the DWR formally announced the change. Obviously, if the Water Board said they wouldn’t delay the Permit Hearings (starting tomorrow) because DWR hasn’t said there was a change in the WaterFix project and then DWR announces a one-tunnel change to the WaterFix project, the next day, it seemed to me and to the NRDC and others, that’s an issue.

Here’s the DWR’s strange non-response.

    Department of Water Resources responds …
    Dear Hearing Officers Doduc and Marcus,

    On February 6, 2018 your ruling directed Petitioners to update you and the parties if and when DWR decides to modify the proposed WaterFix project. DWR interprets this language to mean that you would like to remain informed of any updates to the Department’s approach to the California WaterFix. DWR is not modifying the proposed WaterFix project or the petition, but in order to keep you informed of the most current thinking with regard to construction we submit the attached memo and serve it upon all the parties to the water rights hearing.

    The Department looks forward to the resumption of the hearing tomorrow, February 8th.

So the DWR is saying, the Water Board wanted to know if there are any big changes to the project so we just said yes, there are big changes to the project. Now let’s all ignore the big changes and just carry on as if there were no big changes ? ? ?

This whole thing keeps getting weirder and weirder.

See NRDC Renews Motion To Delay Hearings … Followed by DWR Responds.

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