The president of the Los Angeles Environmental Quality Board complained Thursday to the California Department of Transportation that San Fernando Valley residents had not been adequately notified of the possibility that a crude-oil pipeline may be built through the Valley.
Rob Glushon of Woodland Hills, speaking at a public hearing sponsored by Caltrans at John Marshall High School in the Los Feliz area, said he was unaware of pipeline plans or of three meetings this week to gather public comments until he saw a newspaper report Thursday. Glushon said he should have been alerted as president of a panel that "is supposed to monitor environmental issues and advise the mayor and City Council and other groups."
Glushon said he checked with representatives of homeowner groups and chambers of commerce in the Valley "and I found none of them had heard of this meeting."
"I challenge this group to have another meeting right smack in the San Fernando Valley," he said.
Ken Steele, CalTrans' deputy director of special projects, said the department is agreeable to scheduling such a meeting. He said CalTrans had placed notices of Thursday's hearing in several newspapers.