Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Judges to hear Missouri River Breaks suit claiming inadequate protections

Judges with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments Tuesday in Seattle in a lawsuit that charges the government with inadequately protecting the Upper Missouri Breaks National Monument in Montana, which was created a dozen years ago for its “spectacular” features. The case centers on the level of protections that should be provided to national monuments, said Melanie Kay, an attorney with Earthjustice, which is representing the Wilderness Society, Oil and Gas Accountability Project, National Trust for Historic Preservation and Friends of the Missouri Breaks Monument. “This is a spectacular monument,” Kay said. “The significance of the case is to ensure that monuments are given the protection that they deserve.” The conservation groups contend that the management plan OK’d for the Breaks monument plan doesn’t recognize the special characteristics that prompted the designation in 2001, Kay said. The outcome could affect future monument plans in the West, she said.  Conservation groups want the BLM redo its analysis and come up with a plan that offers more protection and less promotion of multiple use, she said...more

One of the dangers of a national monument by Presidential proclamation instead of going through the Congressional process.  It all depends on the language in the proclamation, which no one sees until it is done. On the Congressional side, it all depends upon the language in the Purposes section.

No comments: