Guidiville Band reaches land protection deal as part of casino bid

The Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians reached a major land protection deal as part of its plan to build a casino in Richmond, California.

The tribe agreed to pay at least $48 million to protect land around the Point Molate Naval Fuel Depot. As reported by The Contra Costa Times, the deal calls for $35 million in open-space purchases; another $5 million to design and maintain those lands; $3 million more for preparatory work and easements; and $5 million to complete the Bay Trail and hillside trails.

"This is going to be incredibly beneficial for the environment," Robert Cheasty of Citizens for East Shore Parks said a press conference, The San Francisco Chronicle reported. "This settlement gives us way, way, way more than what we would have gotten in our lawsuit."

The deal settles a lawsuit filed in 2008. It also comes before voters in Richmond give their say on the casino plan in a non-binding referendum.

The tribe plans to build the $1.2 billion Point Molate Resort at Point Molate. The Bureau of Indian Affairs has released a draft environmental impact statement and environmental impact report on the project.

Get the Story:
Richmond casino deal by environmentalists, tribe (The San Francisco Chronicle 10/21)
Tribe, developer, environmental groups announce major shoreline deal (The Contra Costa Times 10/21)
Point Molate Lawsuit Settles; Some Casino Foes Doubtful (The Berkeley Daily Planet 10/20)

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