The Latest On: Roadless Rule
Kate Glover, Attorney, Alaska Office, Earthjustice: “We need [the Tongass] more than ever as the climate’s warming and our tourism and fishing industries have been taking a hit, both because of the pandemic and changing ecosystem conditions that have affected fish runs,”
A federal court ruled a coal company couldn’t build a road on public land near Paonia. The company did it anyway.
Robin Cooley, Attorney, Rocky Mountain Office, Earthjustice: “I can’t speak to their motivation, but I can definitely say that it isn’t surprising to me that the District Court was taking some time given that the courts have been closed down by the COVID crisis so for Mountain Coal to use that to their advantage is pretty unacceptable. Mountain Coal said what would happen if the court vacated the North Fork Exception. And the court vacated the exception and they built their road anyway.”