The county and the city of El Centro are suing the California State Lands Commission, challenging its approval of an environmental report on a natural gas pipeline proposed to be built partially in Imperial County.
The pipeline will feed two power plants under construction in Mexicali. County officials say emissions from the plants will be harmful to the health of people in the Imperial and Mexicali valleys.
The commission approved the North Baja Pipeline on Jan. 30 in Sacramento over the objection of county officials.
San Diego-based Sempra Energy and Pacific Gas and Electric of Bethesda, Md., are building the pipeline.
County Counsel Ralph Cordova said the lawsuit was filed March 1 by the county's representatives, Remy, Thomas and Moose of Sacramento. In addition to the state commission, the lawsuit names North Baja Pipeline LLC of Portland, Ore., Sempra and Boston-based Intergen Aztec. Sempra and Intergen are building the plants.