In a one-page ruling, an Orange County Superior Court judge last week swept aside environmental challenges to Cadiz Inc.’s plans to pump groundwater from beneath the Mojave Desert and sell it to Southern California suburbs.
The May 1 decision by Judge Gail Andler cleared one set of obstacles to the controversial project. “We’re grateful for that result,” Cadiz Chief Executive Scott Slater said. “We’re going to keep our head down and keep going about things the right way.”
But opponents vowed to appeal the ruling, and Cadiz still has several other hoops to jump through.
Lawsuits filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental group, and Tetra Technologies...