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Musk's LA tunnel faces delay after lawsuit

Opponents to Elon Musk’s Boring Company LA  tunnel have filed a lawsuit.

According the LA Times, two neighbourhood groups have filed a lawsuit over the city of Los Angeles’ proposal to fast-track the 2.7km project by exempting it from environmental review.

In Culver City, where the tunnel could end, officials are contemplating their own court challenge, the paper reports.

The two neighbourhood groups, the Brentwood Residents Coalition and the Sunset Coalition, sued the city earlier this month, claiming it had violated state law when it sought to waive environmental review for the tunnel.

Last month, the Los Angeles City Council’s public works committee unanimously agreed to exempt the tunnel from environmental analysis, which can add months or years to project timelines. The decision still needs a full council vote.

The paper reports that opponents believe the proposed tunnel to be part of a much larger underground transportation network plan, as shown by The Boring Company’s map (below), and that the city council is giving “piecemeal” approval to one component of a larger construction project.

boring company map

boring company map

The Boring Company has submitted permits for a 10km tunnel

The state’s environmental law “cannot be evaded by chopping large projects into smaller pieces that taken individually appear to have no significant environmental impacts,” the suit said.

Last week, Musk released a video of a nearly complete test tunnel under LA.

 

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