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  Mexican judge says Sempra LNG land belongs to rancher | San Diego Reader[12/23/2013 3:16:51 PM]  NEWS & STORIESEVENTSMUSICMOVIESFOOD & DRINK PLACESNEIGHBORHOODSDEALS & DISCOUNTS CLASSIFIEDSJOBSPHOTOSVIDEOSTRAVELCONTESTSSPECIAL ISSUESARCHIVESLOG IN OR SIGN UP Sempra Energy's liquefied natural gas plant near Ensenada (Google Maps image) The Agrarian Tribunal of Baja California has ruled that the government wrongly issued the title to land on which Sempra Energy's liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant sits. The land in Baja California belongs to a rancher, and a phony title was awarded to Sempra eight years ago, said the court. Mexican media began reporting the decision yesterday, December 21, and stressed it again today.The rancher is Ramón Eugenio Sánchez Ritchie, who lost a case in a San Diego federal court in 2010. The judge then said Ritchie's complaint was against Mexican authorities, not Sempra. The court battle has been going on for several years. A negative outcome could sting Sempra, which owns San Diego Gas & Electric. In March of this year, it raised $574 million by selling stock in its Mexican operations. In the offering materials, Sempra warned, We also are engaged in disputes regarding our title to the properties on which our LNG terminal is located and and our title to the property on which our Termoelectrica de Mexicali power generation is located…. In the event that we are unable to defend and retain title to the properties on which our LNG terminal is located or on the property on which our power generation facility is located, we could lose our rights to occupy and use such properties and the related facility or terminal, which could result in breaches of one or more permits or contracts that we have entered into with respect to such facility and/or terminal. If we are unable to occupy and use such properties and the related facility or terminal, it could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of our operations, cash flows, prospects and/or the market price of our shares. NEWS TICKER Mexican judge says Sempra LNG land belongs to rancher The utility has warned that losing the plant could hurt business By Don Bauder  , Dec. 22, 2013 0 DEL CERRONEIGHBORHOOD NEWSART: SUBJECT-OBJECTEAST VILLAGEIMPERIAL VALLEYNEIGHBORHOOD NEWSTIJUANAFEAST!MIDDLETOWNMISSION HILLSNEWS TICKER THE LATEST... Christmas praise for Del Cerro's Madra Dog Liz Swain 2:30 p.m., Dec. 23 Spencer Epps on...everything. 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Doug Kline, spokesman for Sempra, said he could not answer questions about the decision and suggested I contact the company's international operations tomorrow, December 23, which I will do. COMMENTS Post to Facebook Gary Whaley  · Top Commenter · San Diego, CaliforniaDoes Mexico have just compensation provisions where they can eminent domain the land and pay Ritchie just compensation for the land? This is not a win for the little guy. This is a public interest case that hurts many little guys and gals.Reply · Like · 13 minutes ago   Raoul Contreras  · Top Commenter · SDSU (San Diego State University)Mexican agricultural court is not the same as a regular court. Bet the regular courts over rule this decision.Reply · Like · 18 hours ago Sign in to replySign in to suggest removal MURPHYJUNK  Dec. 23, 2013 @ 2:29 p.m. looks like someone was there in time with their hands out when all the pay offs took place 0 Sign in to replySign in to suggest removal Don Bauder  Dec. 23, 2013 @ 2:36 p.m. Murphyjunk: There are charges of payoffs by Sempra in the civil suit in which Gary Aguirre is an attorney. Best, Don Bauder 0 Don Bauder  Dec. 23, 2013 @ 2:39 p.m. 0 Follow @sdreader  7,103 followers   26k Like MOST E-MAILED STORIES We're Constantly in Fear: The life of a part-time professorSan Diego Chargers place Philip Rivers on indefinite hiatus following political endorsementFormer dean sues University of San DiegoSweetwater trustee Arlie Ricasa to resignSweetwater school district invites CommentComment Add a comment... ike ReplyReply Add a Reply... ike 1 1 1  Mexican judge says Sempra LNG land belongs to rancher | San Diego Reader[12/23/2013 3:16:51 PM] HomeAboutContact UsSite MapPrivacy PolicyTerms of UseAdvertise With UsNational AdvertisingVideosDigital Edition ARTICLES | FEATURES ArchivesAuthors & contributorsComic stripsCover storiesList of featuresMost recentNeighborhood NewsNews Ticker HAPPENINGS Art SceneBands & musiciansBreaking music newsConcerts & music listingsEvent listingsMovie showtimesOut & AboutTheater FOOD & DRINK Bars & clubsBeer NewsDrink recipesFeast!Happy hour specialsHere's the DealRestaurantsTin Fork STAY IN TOUCH AlertsCommentsContests & promotionsLetters to the editorNewslettersRSS feedsSite feedback READER Crime mapReader BooksReader CityReader JobsReader PollsReader RentalsLegal Guide© 2013 San Diego Reader. All rights reserved. No part of this site may be reproduced without our written permission. SIGN IN TO COMMENT Sign in to replySign in to suggest removal PART OF RITCHIE'S U.S. FEDERAL COURT CASE GOING FORWARD. Kirk Hulett, lawyer for Ritchie in the case tried in U.S. federal court, points out that while some of Ritchie's claims were dismissed on jurisdictional grounds, the court has allowed his malicious prosecution claims against Sempra to proceed. Best, Don Bauder Username  I have an account.  I'm new.Password Forgot? Sign in Or login with: Connect to FacebookConnect to Twitter GoogleOpenID  more suspicion MOST POPULAR STORIESWRITE A STORY FOR US   Sign in Connect to Facebook Connect to Twitter Google
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