Six trucking companies have sued Los Angeles and the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Commission to block the construction of a recently approved $500 million railyard near the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex, Courthouse News Service reports.
The businesses claim the city and harbor commission abused powers of eminent domain and violated environmental law to force them off of the land for the Southern California International Gateway project. The companies stated the construction will force them to move under eminent domain to the railroad’s profit and at the truckers’ cost. They also allege the city violated the California Environmental Quality Act by failing to consider the effects of the railyard and subsequent transportation on the petitioners and surrounding region, a claim that the Natural Resources Defense Council is also likely to file suit about, too.
The businesses filed two complaints in Superior Court. Fast Lane Transportation is the sole plaintiff in one lawsuit. Plaintiffs in the other complaint include California Cartage, Three Rivers Trucking, Los Angeles Grain Terminal and its parent company Mortimer & Wallace and affiliates and San Pedro Forklift. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway is named as a real party in interest in both complaints.
The businesses challenge the Los Angeles’s May 8 approval of a BNSF Railway final environmental review, and its issuance of a permit for the SCIG project. BNSF plans to build a 153-acre railyard near Wilmington and Long Beach, Calif.