5.6 Million Dollar Boondoggle May Turn Into 11.9 Million Dollars….or More
Well, in this continuing saga, the tax payer funded, “Eureka money pit pipeline”, the Lost Coast Outpost is now reporting that Apex Drilling is suing the City of Eureka for 6.3 Million dollars.
According to Apex, “Frankly, we are puzzled and troubled by the city’s unresponsiveness and refusal to acknowledge ground conditions that were vastly different than advertised when hiring for the drilling project. We filed this complaint because Eureka officials need to step up and be accountable for the damages caused by the city’s negligence, misrepresentations and breach of contract…The city of Eureka deserves not only an efficient and properly functioning sewer system, but also a healthy and transparent city government.”
Where is the outraged tax payers league or concerned citizens? That’s right folks; the taxpayers of Eureka are potentially taking it in the shorts, yet again. If Apex was to prevail in their lawsuit (no guarantee they will), this small section of the Martin Slough project will have cost the citizens of Eureka a lot of money. We are compelled to ask, what is the benefit to the average Eureka taxpayer of this project? The simple answer is that it adds infrastructure to areas outside the City of Eureka that benefits local developers who want to….well….develop.
Does this development and infrastructure help the average resident living in the city limits? Not really. But it definitely helps the folks the City Council and BOS really listen to; your local wealthy, friendly developers.
So now we’re potentially at 11.9 million dollars for this one mile stretch of pipe to Cutten, so far. But, don’t worry readers, that’s probably just the beginning.