Talk about a blockbuster decision!
Once again Julie MacDonald’s corrupt procedures at Interior have rebounded. The lawsuit was filed by Western Watersheds Project, and was represented by the conservation law firm, Advocates for the West.
Story by Rocky Barker in the Idaho Statesman. Judge: Government must reconsider sage grouse
I see where this is the big, or a big story, in most of the western newspapers on Dec. 5.
I wonder if the Bush Administration will ever figure out there are consequences to not obeying the law?
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Update. Statement from the Western Watersheds Project
Western Watersheds Project Wins Court Order Overturning Bush Administration Decision Not To List Greater Sage Grouse !
Tuesday December 4, 2007
Today Western Watersheds Project won a remarkable Court Order from Chief Judge B. Lynn Winmill of the federal District Court of the Idaho District that overturned the Bush Administration U.S. Fish and Wildlife decision that denied the protections of the Endangered Species Act for Greater Sage Grouse. WWP was ably represented in this litigation by our lead counsel Laird Lucas of Advocates For The West in Boise http://www.advocateswest.org . Thank you Laird !!
In his 35 page Order, Judge Winmill stated that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision “was tainted by the inexcusable conduct of one of its own executives, Julie McDonald, whose tactics included everything from editing scientific conclusions to intimidating FWS staffers.”
Interested readers can download the 35 page Court Order in PDF format from the WWP web site home page: http://www.westernwatersheds.org
Here is an early press story about this terrific federal Court Order (the blog comments at the Statesman URL are also interesting reading): !