Here’s a story about an enjoined timber sale that might be burning up right now. It will no doubt become Exhibit A for arguing why we should not allow the public to sue the government over its land management decisions.
“Both the Park Creek and Arrastra Fires on the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest were ignited by lightning storms that spread through dense stands of dead timber. And both are located within the area of the Forest Service’s proposed Stonewall Vegetation Project, which was halted when two environmental litigant groups successfully convinced a federal judge to issue a preliminary injunction to halt the project.”
I just have to question the conclusions: “The preliminary injunction against the Stonewall project, and the resulting fires …” and the idea that environmental litigants should be “held accountable for their actions.” First there is the question of what exactly their actions caused (the fires?), and second is the idea that there should be liability associated with winning a lawsuit. I think the judge allocated accountability in this case to the Forest Service for failing to follow the law. They could have reconsulted on lynx critical habitat long ago, and the court said they should have, and if they had, the project would have probably occurred on schedule.