The State

In a move that virtually assures funding for a multimillion-dollar restoration project at Batiquitos Lagoon in Carlsbad, the state Coastal Commission gave the go-ahead for construction of a pipeline from Los Angeles to Texas. Long Beach-based Pacific Texas Pipeline Co. will be allowed to proceed with the $1.66-billion oil pipeline project on the condition that it pay for enhancement of the lagoon to offset environmental damage the pipeline is expected to cause in Los Angeles Harbor. Meeting in San Francisco, the commission voted 11-1 to approve the pipeline if Pacific Texas puts money for the lagoon restoration into an escrow account.

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