The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners on Wednesday approved an agreement with the city of Carlsbad that requires the Harbor Department to pay the San Diego County city about $450,000 for engineering and technical studies for a proposed cleanup of the Batiquitos Lagoon.
The port and Pacific Texas Pipeline Co. have agreed to restore about 600 acres of deteriorated wetlands at the lagoon in return for state approval to build a 450-acre landfill in the Port of Los Angeles. The state Coastal Commission last year agreed that the port could obtain so-called environmental credits at the lagoon to offset damage the new landfill is expected to cause in San Pedro Bay.
Pacific Texas, which wants to use 106 acres of the landfill as a berthing area for a proposed 1,030-mile oil pipeline from the Los Angeles harbor to Midland, Tex., has been required by the Coastal Commission to place at least $15 million in an escrow account for the Batiquitos restoration project before the landfill can be built.
Vernon E. Hall, who is overseeing the landfill project for the port, said the Harbor Department will eventually be reimbursed the $450,000 from the escrow account. Pacific Texas, however, is not expected to obtain complete financing for the $1.66-billion pipeline project for about two months, he said.