Sunday, October 10, 2010

'Green' red tape said to hinder Border Patrol

The investigators found a mixed situation - in some places cooperation seems the rule, while in others both sides seem determined to butt heads. In one stark instance, the investigators said the Border Patrol has tried to get an east-west road built in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, a sprawling desert park that spans 32 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border. But the road request has been denied by the park superintendent, leaving the patrol agent-in-charge to struggle without the additional resource. "He told us that some of his area of operation could potentially reach operational-control status if there was an additional east-west road for patrolling certain areas within the monument," the investigators said. "Border Patrol requested an additional east-west road, but the land manager denied the request because the area is designated wilderness."...more

I really don't know why this is so shocking to folks.

Section 4(c)(PROHIBITION OF CERTAIN USES)of the Wilderness Act states:

...there shall be no commercial enterprise and no permanent road within any wilderness area designated by this Act...


...there shall be no temporary road, no use of motor vehicles, motorized equipment or motorboats, no landing of aircraft, no other form of mechanical transport, and no structure or installation within any such area.

Now I'm no legal wizard, but if the law says "no permanent road" and "no temporary road", I don't believe it's rash to conclude there ain't gonna be any road in a Wilderness area.

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