Description: Challenge to ski resort expansion project.
California Clean Energy Committee v. County of Placer
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 12/22/2015 Opinion Download Denial of petition for writ of mandate reversed. California Appellate Court Said Analysis of Wildfire Evacuation Risk for Ski Resort Expansion Project Was Insufficient, But Rejected Claims That Energy Impacts Weren’t Adequately Considered. In an unpublished opinion, the California Court of Appeal largely upheld Placer County’s approval of a plan to expand an existing ski resort at Lake Tahoe, but concluded that the approval was invalid under CEQA because the County failed to analyze wildfire evacuation risk. The court said that the petitioner had failed to establish CEQA violations related to any of the energy-related issues it raised—which included the energy impacts of increased snowmaking, energy conservation, transportation and equipment energy impacts, and renewable energy resources. The court also found that the petitioner had failed to exhaust administrative remedies regarding a claim that the environmental impact report did not contain substantial evidence to support the determination that carbon credits were not feasible mitigation measures.