United States of America v. Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Filing 15

ORDER continuing cmc to 3/26/10 (tf, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 1/12/2010)

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Case3:09-cv-04503-SI Document14 Filed01/08/10 Page1 of 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 IGNACIA S. MORENO Assistant Attorney General Environment and Natural Resources Division United States Department of Justice W. BENJAMIN FISHEROW - DC Bar No.: 964734 Deputy Chief Environmental Enforcement Section ANGELA MO Trial Attorney BRADLEY R. O'BRIEN Senior Attorney Environmental Enforcement Section Environment and Natural Resources Division United States Department of Justice 601 D. Street, NW Washington, DC 20004 Tel.: (202) 514-2750 Fax: (202) 514-0097 Email: Benjamin.fisherow@usdoj.gov Angela.mo@usodj.gov Brad.obrien@usdoj.gov Attorneys for Plaintiff United States of America UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAN FRANCISCO DIVISION __________________________________________ ) UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ) ) Plaintiff, ) ) ) v. ) ) PACIFIC GAS and ELECTRIC COMPANY, ) ) Defendant. ) ) __________________________________________) Civil Action No. 09-4503 SI JOINT STIPULATION FOR CONTINUANCE OF INITIAL CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE AND [PROPOSED] ORDER Case3:09-cv-04503-SI Document14 Filed01/08/10 Page2 of 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Pursuant to Local Rule 6-1(b) Plaintiff, the United States of America, and Defendant, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, hereby stipulate through their undersigned counsel that (1) the Initial Case Management Conference, which is currently set for 2:30 p.m. on January 22, 2010, be continued until 2:30 p.m. on March 26, 2010, or a date thereafter that is set by the Court; and (2) that Defendant be given until April 2, 2010, to answer or otherwise respond to the Complaint. The parties respectfully submit that good cause exists for continuing the Initial Case Management Conference in this matter as follows: 1. On September 24, 2009, the United States concurrently filed a Complaint and lodged a Consent Decree resolving the claims alleged in the Complaint. (Docket Nos. 1 and 2.) 2. In its Notice of Lodging of the Consent Decree (Docket No. 3) the United States informed the Court that pursuant to 28 C.F.R. 50.7, the United States would publish a notice of the proposed settlement in the Federal Register and accept public comment on the proposed Consent Decree for a period of 30 days. Notice was published in the Federal Register on October 5, 2009 (74 Fed. Reg. 51170-51171). 3. After the notice was published, the United States was contacted by and met with citizen groups seeking additional information on the proposed settlement. 4. On November 16, 2009, the parties filed a Joint Stipulation Extending Time for Defendant to Answer or Otherwise Respond to Complaint, requesting an extension of the public comment period, and an extension for PG&E to answer or respond to the Complaint to March 5, 2010. 5. The notice extending the public comment period was published in the Federal Register on November 9, 2009 (74 Fed. Reg. 57703), and the public comment period was extended to January 8, 2010. 6. The United States has received comments and is reviewing and fully considering the information provided. After this review is completed, the United States will request the Court to enter, not enter, or take other action concerning the Consent Decree. Therefore, there may be no need for the Court to hold a case management conference or for the Defendant to JOINT STIPULATION FOR CONTINUANCE OF INITIAL CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE AND [PROPOSED] ORDER- Civil Action No. 09-4503 SI - 2 - Case3:09-cv-04503-SI Document14 Filed01/08/10 Page3 of 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 answer the Complaint. 7. The parties therefore respectfully request that the Court postpone the Case Management Conference established in its Order Setting Case Management Conference (Docket No. 10) until 2:30 p.m. on March 26, 2010, or a date thereafter that is set by the Court and that PG&E be given until April 2, 2010, to answer or otherwise respond to the Complaint. IT IS SO STIPULATED. I, Bradley R. O'Brien, attest that concurrence in the filing of this joint stipulation has been obtained from Mr. Matthew A. Fogelson, the attorney for Defendant PG&E. FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA January 8, 2010 Date /s/Bradley R. O'Brien W. BENJAMIN FISHEROW ANGELA MO BRADLEY R. O'BRIEN United States Department of Justice FOR PACIFIC GAS and ELECTRIC COMPANY January 8, 2010 Date /s/Matthew A. Fogelson MATTHEW A. FOGELSON Pacific Gas and Electric Company JOINT STIPULATION FOR CONTINUANCE OF INITIAL CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE AND [PROPOSED] ORDER- Civil Action No. 09-4503 SI - 3 - Case3:09-cv-04503-SI Document14 Filed01/08/10 Page4 of 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 ____________ Date (2) (1) [PROPOSED] ORDER GOOD CAUSE APPEARING, IT IS ORDERED that: the Initial Case Management Conference, which is currently set for 2:30 p.m. on January 22, 2010, shall be continued until 2:30 p.m. on March 26, 2010, or a date thereafter that is set by the Court; and Defendant shall file an answer or otherwise respond to the Complaint by April 2, 2010. PURSUANT TO STIPULATION, IT IS SO ORDERED. ____________________________________ SUSAN ILLSTON UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE JOINT STIPULATION FOR CONTINUANCE OF INITIAL CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE AND [PROPOSED] ORDER- Civil Action No. 09-4503 SI - 4 -

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