The lawsuit alleges there exists a “counterfeit restoration” that is actually aimed at helping SoCalGas in “fixing old and adding new infrastructure.”

Elected officials, fearful of another explosion like the one that occurred at Aliso Canyon, have called for shutting down the facility under the Ballona Wetlands, the suit states.

“Whether it’s collusion or a mysterious set of coincidences, there are too many connections between front-groups funded by the state Coastal Conservancy, the dangerous gas storage facility under the wetlands and engineering contractors receiving millions of dollars to plan a project that would harm wildlife and their habitat,” said Molly Basler, a climate activist and a plaintiff in the lawsuit.