Pinon Canyon Fight Goes To Court
Opponents to the US Army’s Pinon Canyon expansion have filed papers in federal district court alleging that the military has balked at responding to a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request regarding the proposal, which would add 418,577 acres to the Army’s Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site in southeastern Colorado.
An opposition nonprofit group called Not 1 More Acre! has gone to court in an effort to gain relevant information about the expansion that could be used to publicly comment on the proposal. They are requesting a court order to require the Army to produce the records.The organization filed the records request in early December, and says they have yet to receive a response in over 60 days.
This comes right after the Army announced it had received a wavier from the Pentagon to begin drafting an environmental impact statement about the expansion.
But without records on the proposal, opponents say they won’t be able to give a detailed public comment on environmental consequences. The public comment period closes today.
According to Steve Harris, an attorney with the plaintiffs, the Army has 30 days to respond to the legal papers. A hearing date has not been set.
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