Roadless returns!

  • Intensive gas development on public and private lands at the base of the Roan Cliffs is already well under way. A similar fate may now befall the undeveloped top of the plateau.

    (c) 2003, Colorado Environmental Coalition

On Sept. 19, U.S. Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Laporte reinstated protection for some 50 million acres of roadless national forest land. (Separate rules govern the roughly 9 million roadless acres of Alaska’s Tongass.) Laporte ruled that the Forest Service violated the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act when, in 2005, it repealed President Clinton’s 2001 "roadless rule" and required states to petition for roadless protection. The Forest Service has roughly three months to decide whether to appeal the ruling to the 9th Circuit Court. In the meantime, inventoried roadless areas must be protected under the terms of Clinton’s original roadless rule. The ruling comes just weeks before the Bush administration’s deadline for states to petition the government for protection.


Oct 03, 2006 12:58 PM

My hat's off to Judge Laporte. I hope this holds up. I live in Wyoming and my "Gov Dave" the Republicat is already trying to challenge this decision by reinstating a lawsuit Wyoming filed thru "WolfmanPat" Crank (Attorney General) who spends millions losing all the frivolous lawsuits the Governor demands.

But they had some luck with a mossback; Judge Clarence Brimmer. Brimmer has announced his retirement and so won't be a party to these divisive and expensive shenanigans.