Monday, May 9, 2011

With Final Hearing Finished Redden Remains Skeptical

With the final rounds of oral arguments on the latest iteration of the BiOp finished, Federal Judge James Redden indicated today that he believes that he remains skeptical. He said that while the federal government has made significant progress towards a legally sound recovery plan, but that "the job isn't done yet." He also expressed concern that promised habitat restoration actions were already falling behind schedule and to what degree the federal government would be accountable in 2013 and 2016 should the current plan fail to bring about recovery.

It is still unknown when the judge will issue his verdict however even if he deems it illegal many believe the federal government would appeal the decision with the ninth circuit court rather than update the BiOp. More in the Oregonian:

and an article from the Columbia Basin Bulletin:

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