I would like to take exception with Imperial County Supervisor Joe Maruca's characterization of the North Baja Pipeline Project, which appeared in the Imperial Valley Press on Sept. 28.
In that article he is quoted as saying, "The North Baja Pipeline Project was dumped on us — slickered through the federal process."
Over the course of the past 18 months, members of the North Baja Pipeline project team have had roughly 25 meetings with various members of the Imperial County staff, including public works, construction
engineering, real estate, clerk of the Board of Supervisors, county clerk/recorder, assistant county executive officer, county counsel and civil engineering. In addition, we requested and were granted by Imperial County an encroachment permit, which has allowed us to survey pipeline routes in Imperial County.