|Posted by nationalforestlawblog at 12:06 PM on December 16, 2009|
Pennsylvania - Federal Judge Sean McLaughlin has issued a blockbuster opinion in favor of the Oil and Gas industry. He ruled that the Forest Service had no right to block industry from accessing its mineral rights on the Allegheny National Forest while awaiting an EIS. This is a big win for the industry and a blow to environmental groups who had settled their suit with the Forest Service for failing to prepare environmental impact statements. 3rd Circuit here we come. I'll post the full text decision when I can. The Bradford Era has the story.