The Energy 202: Interior greenlights desert water project, prompting call for investigation

Read the full story from the Washington Post.

Last week, the Interior Department sent a letter to Cadiz Inc. that the company long had hoped to receive.

For years, the renewable resource company had been trying to build a drinking-water pipeline between land it owned over an aquifer in the Mojave Desert and thirsty residents of Southern California. To help get the go-ahead from the federal government, it hired the law and lobbying firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck to help grease the wheels in Washington.

But in 2015, Cadiz’s effort sputtered when the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), an agency within Interior, said the company would have to obtain permission from the government to build the 43-mile pipeline along an existing railroad.

President Trump’s Interior Department, under new management, has now changed course and told Cadiz that the pipeline “does not require authorization by BLM” anymore.

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