The Latest On: Public Lands
Alisa Coe, Attorney, Florida Regional Office, Earthjustice: “It looks like we’ll be headed back to trial court to try enforce the will of Floridians who voted overwhelmingly for land conservation.”
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.”
Michael Freeman, Attorney, Rocky Mountain Office, Earthjustice: “BLM doesn’t have specific knowledge of forest lands. They’re not as intimately familiar with a national forest as the agency that’s responsible for managing that forest. It’s critical that at every stage, the Forest Service analyze the lands that are proposed for drilling.”