The Latest On: COVID-19
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.”
Michelle Ghafar, Attorney, California Office, Earthjustice: “It’s galling that the industry is using this particular moment to delay the regulations. We know that air pollution exacerbates the impact of COVID-19. Delaying that rule-making now more than ever has disastrous effects on the health of the community.”
Gussie Lord, Director of Tribal Partnerships, Earthjustice: “It’s based on these common-law trust principles, like when you’re holding someone else’s property in trust — you can’t just do anything you want with it. You have to take care of it, and preferably in the way the property owner wants.”
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Debbie Chizewer, Managing Attorney, Midwest Office, Earthjustice: “The idea of delaying lead abatement is concerning because people are spending more time at home, so they’re getting more exposure [to lead].”