The California Public Utilities Commission delayed approving appointments for a nonprofit board that will oversee use of 140,000 acres of Pacific Gas & Electric?s hydroelectric-related watershed lands because of arguments about the how the appointments are to be made. The nonprofit was formed as a part of PG&E?s bankruptcy settlement. At last week?s CPUC meeting, commissioner Loretta Lynch asked for a delay in approving candidates to have time to interview them. If successful, commission president Mike Peevey said, Lynch?s appeal would ?scuttle? plans for the board. According to Pete Arth, chief of staff for Peevey, the commission president has interviewed some of the candidates for the board. Peevey?s picks for the three ?public? positions on the board include no candidates from environmental organizations. They are Luis Arteaga, executive director of the Latino Issues Forum; Assemblymember Hannah-Beth Jackson; and J. Alfred Smith, Jr., senior pastor of the Antioch Baptist Church. Not all of the applicants received an interview. Rita Norton, energy-efficiency and environmental consultant, had hoped to focus attention on water policy issues but has not had the opportunity to talk with Peevey about her application. Commission appointments to the watershed lands board, formally known as the Stewardship Council, are up for approval at the commission?s March 16 meeting. Names of the candidates for the board were released only after Energy Circuit filed a California Public Records Act request. Three ?public? members are to be chosen by the CPUC, with another 17 members picked by PG&E and other entities.