Timeline of developer's lies

The developers of the Gregory Canyon dump keep promising their investors that they are about to begin construction, but in 20 years they have yet to keep a single promise. Just look at this timeline of empty assurances and overly optimistic statements to the media! We’ve stopped the dump for 20 years, and if necessary we will fight it for 20 more.


October 9, 2000
California veto revives Gregory Canyon landfill
Walt Wiley

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. -- A veto by Gov. Gray Davis saved the proposed Gregory Canyon landfill in San Diego County from intense oversight that could have prevented its opening. The Democratic governor Sept. 26 vetoed Assembly Bill 2752, which would have given the state's Native American Heritage Commission jurisdiction over landfills within a mile of any site deemed sacred by an Indian tribe. Gregory Canyon was the only landfill so situated.

The governor's action means the landfill is back on track to open in 2001, Gregory Canyon general manager Richard Chase said.

"Thank God and Gov. Davis -- and not necessarily in that order," Chase said.

November 27, 2000
Landfill foes question political donation

“Gregory Canyon Ltd. is in the final stages of obtaining its environmental clearance and permits. The company expects to break ground next year, Chase said.”

February 8, 2003
Gregory landfill report is approved  - Environmental study on canyon
Luis Monteagudo Jr., STAFF WRITER

The approval of the final environmental impact report means the developer can begin seeking permits from various governmental agencies.

Richard Chase, the developer's project manager, said the landfill could be operating by July or August of next year.

April 3, 2004
County official backs plan for landfill in Pala

Richard Chase, project manager for Gregory Canyon Ltd., the company that wants to develop the landfill, said Erbeck's preliminary finding is an important one "and it puts us one step further toward approval."
Chase said if all the required permits are obtained, work on the landfill could begin by the end of the year and it could be ready to open by the latter part of 2005.

October 27, 2005
Gregory Canyon landfill still in the works
Tom Pfingsten

Oct. 27--FALLBROOK -- Proponents of the Gregory Canyon landfill said Wednesday that they will correct deficiencies in the project's environmental report that were cited in a recent Superior Court ruling and will press to break ground on the landfill next year.

Gregory Canyon Ltd. representative Richard Chase also said that the company recently secured new investors who will plug $9 million into the final leg of the landfill's development. He pointed to that as proof that the project will go forward, despite an Oct. 3 ruling by Judge Michael Anello that found traffic and water issues had not been adequately addressed in the landfill's environmental study.

"(Gregory Canyon Ltd. has) invested $35 million to date, and the need for solid waste disposal gets greater with every month," Chase said. "We've been at it for over 10 years, and we're not going to quit when we're six months from the goal line. Even if we're right and the other side is wrong, it's better for us to deal with it and get on with life."

October 29, 2005
Developers: Landfill to open by 2007
Announcement is `spin,' critics say

The developers of a controversial landfill proposed in Gregory Canyon say they have secured enough additional money to open it by 2007.

"After more than 10 years of stops and starts, securing our financing is a reflection that the capital markets are confident this project is going to get built," Richard Chase of Gregory Canyon Ltd. said in a statement issued Tuesday. "The infusion of new capital allows us to move forward on a definitive time line."

Gregory Canyon Ltd. has already spent more than $35 million, and opponents have speculated that investors were growing weary of the cost and could abandon the project. The landfill would be off state Route 76 about three miles east of Interstate 15.

November 19, 2006
Pala buys big parcel by Pauma casino
Land is for mitigation, not boxing in rival, tribe says

As for blocking the landfill, Gregory Canyon officials say Pala's land purchase poses no problem for them. Spokeswoman Nancy Chase said the project, now going through environmental reviews and permitting, needs less than 600 off-site acres for habitat preservation, and those purchases are in the works. Construction on the landfill is scheduled to begin next summer.

"The Palas may think that they're yet again trying to stop us, but it will have no effect on us," Chase said.

June 2, 2007
County OKs landfill's revised environmental report

Nancy Chase, a consultant with Gregory Canyon Ltd., said yesterday that she hopes the necessary permits to build the landfill can be obtained by the end of the year. The landfill could be operational by early 2009 or perhaps late 2008, Chase said.

February 16, 2008
Ruling upheld on Gregory Canyon impact report

Vista Superior Court Judge Robert Dahlquist upheld his tentative ruling of 10 days ago that said a new environmental impact report for the landfill is acceptable except for one area: an agreement between the developers and the Olivenhain Municipal Water District, which has contracted to truck recycled water to the dump for 60 years.

Only after the environmental report has been deemed complete can Gregory Canyon Ltd. obtain the necessary permits for the project, which has been planned for nearly two decades.

Unanswered is whether the ruling means a revised report must be prepared and go through the usual review process -- which could bring a delay of up to a year.

Nancy Chase, spokeswoman for Gregory Canyon Ltd., said she expected little delay. The developers still hope to have all the permits by the end of this year and begin construction in 2009, she said.

"This is a minor issue in a long 14-year list of major issues," Chase said.

Attorney Everett DeLano, who has represented opponents of the landfill for years, said he thinks the county will require a lengthy review.

January 21, 2009
Water supply in question again for Gregory Canyon project
Tom Pfingsten

Opponents of the proposed Gregory Canyon landfill this week were celebrating a recent court ruling regarding water supply, a setback for the developers of the solid-waste dump who need to prove they have water available to control dust at the site.

Attorney Everett Delano, who represents RiverWatch, said the Jan. 9 appeals court decision essentially invalidates an agreement between Gregory Canyon Ltd. and the Olivenhain Water District in Encinitas to import recycled water to the dump for 60 years.

Nancy Chase, a spokeswoman for Gregory Canyon Ltd., said Monday that the ruling would not significantly delay plans to build the 1,770-acre landfill in a canyon south of Highway 76 between Interstate 15 and Pala.

"We have a lot of options, all of which our lawyers have been studying since the ruling came out," Chase said. "It isn't going to affect our moving forward at all."

In 1994, 68 percent of voters in San Diego County approved Proposition C, which amended the zoning rules to allow for a dump in Gregory Canyon, near the San Luis Rey River two miles east of the Pala reservation.

January 23, 2010
Gregory Canyon decision could delay project
Morgan Cook

Jan. 23--The Army Corps of Engineers ruled this month that the Gregory Canyon landfill needs additional environmental reviews, a decision that could extend the permitting process for the voter-approved project.

It was unclear this week how much time and how many extra steps the ruling will add to the process. Developer Gregory Canyon Ltd. spokeswoman Nancy Chase said company officials will meet with Corps officials next week to talk about the ruling.

Developers said earlier this month they hoped to begin construction on the landfill this summer.

Gregory Canyon developers to seek new permit
Additional reviews will delay but not derail project, developers say
February 9, 2010

Developers said the additional studies will push back the start of construction from this summer to the end of the year.

Gregory Canyon Ltd. spokeswoman Nancy Chase said company representatives met with Corps officials last week to talk about the company's options in the wake of the ruling. The company could have appealed the ruling, abandoned the project, moved forward while the ruling was under appeal, or applied for the new permit, Chase said.

"We agreed to work cooperatively and to complete this project as quickly as possible," she said.

Additional requirements include a look at alternative locations for the dump and a battery of environmental assessments developers have already begun, Chase said.

"We've started some of the additional technical studies that need to occur based on weather," she said. "For example, there's a species study that has to be done this time of year."

December 30, 2013
Gregory Canyon Landfill built by 2015?
J. Harry Jones, STAFF WRITER

Now, 20 years after the landfill was first proposed, Gregory Canyon Ltd is making its boldest prediction yet: demolition and pre-grading within a few months, construction by late summer and a fully operation landfill in 2015.

“The project is in the final stages of the permit process and anticipates demolition and pre-grading activities to begin in the first quarter of 2014 with full construction activities beginning in the third quarter,” the announcement states. “Project management is estimating the landfill will be in operation by 2015.”

The project still needs to obtain numerous permits, some of which can’t start being processed until the Army Corps of Engineers determines if drainage from the landfill will negatively impact “waters of the United States,” specifically the nearby San Luis Rey River.

Greg Fuderer, a spokesman for the federal agency, said last week the process is on hold as the Corps waits for information from the developer’s contractor regarding some issues raised in the public comment period.

Even then, a final report will be subject to more public review and analysis by the government before a final decision is made whether to issue a permit — a decision which could then be appealed in court.

That means the likelihood of breaking ground in 2014 appears to be a long-shot.

Damon Nagami, a senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, another opponent, called the latest prediction “more of the same bluster ... Gregory Canyon Landfill’s ‘announcement’ is sheer nonsense.”

San Diego Union Tribune
February 13, 2014
Bankruptcy for Gregory Canyon Company
J. Harry Jones, STAFF WRITER

On Thursday, she minimized the significance of the bankruptcy filing, saying it was designed to manage debt and provide new capital in order to develop a reorganization plan that would take the project forward. . . .

How long reorganization might take is unknown. Chase said she hoped it could be done within a few months.

San Diego Union Tribune
March 24, 2014
Gregory Canyon bankruptcy dismissed...What it means to landfill plans is unclear
J. Harry Jones, STAFF WRITER

“The dismissal of the bankruptcy means we’re working on new financing,” she said. “We’re working on other opportunities.”

She said she expects there will be a financing development in about a month’s time.