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October 13, 2005

Enviromoonbattery in the Courtroom

Posted by Dave Blount at October 13, 2005 6:45 AM

In yet another example of activist courts teaming up with moonbats in their onslaught against common sense, a federal court is forcing the Forest Service to suspend over 1,500 permits for a variety of activities that include fire prevention, Boy Scout meetings, and even the cutting of the Capitol's Christmas tree.

Projects determined to have minimal environmental impact used to be exempt from the requirement of spending $zillions on marathon legal battles against the well-heeled environmentalist lobby in order to get a permit. But the Earth Island Institute found a court willing to help them change that.

From The Washington Times:

Judge James K. Singleton of the Eastern District Court of California ruled in July against a project to remove charred and damaged trees, which could kindle a future fire, in the Sequoia National Forest.
The court said last month in a follow-up ruling that its decision in Earth Island Institute v. Ruthenbeck applies nationwide, rather than just to the local dispute.
As a result, the Forest Service immediately suspended all "categorical exclusions," which approved the Sequoia project and had been used since 2002 to allow permits of numerous other activities, including trail upkeep at ski resorts and issuing outdoor guide permits.

Among the projects to be hogtied in red tape:

  • Hundreds of projects nationwide for fire prevention on tens of thousands of acres
  • Nearly 100 guide permits for hunting, fishing, horseback riding, and fishing
  • 150 wildlife habitat projects
  • 165 permits to maintain camp grounds and trails
  • 15 ski area projects that may shut down the upcoming ski season in some areas
  • 40 permits for family reunions and Boy Scout and Girl Scout activities

Thanks to the new requirement of public notices, comment periods, and appeals, this year's Capitol Christmas tree should be arriving in Washington sometime around Valentine's Day.

On the bright side, employment prospects for lawyers are looking as sunny as ever.

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Sorry Cindy Loo — The eco-Grinches are stealing it this year.