Now, eight of them are stepping up to defend the government’s decision in court.
The Sierra Club, the Audubon Society and Wilderness Watch are among those joining Interior Secretary Sally Jewell in a federal lawsuit. According to a recent filing, the groups will focus their arguments on “protecting the exceptional wilderness and wildlife values of Izembek.”
The lawsuit was originally brought forward by local governments, tribes and residents of King Cove and Belkofski.
They’ve been fighting to construct a road through the refuge for decades. When the Interior Secretary turned it down, they argue that she violated her trust responsibility to Alaska Natives — and federal law.
The court has agreed to let the State of Alaska join the lawsuit and help King Cove make its case for road access.
- The Alaska Mental Health Authority's Trust Land Office is no longer pursuing action toward timber sales on Deer Mountain or land in Petersburg.
- Alaska Gasline Development Corporation has opened new office but not yet announced it.
- Walker said the state government risks spending all of its savings if it denies there’s a problem and hopes for oil prices to rise.
- Newtok had hoped President Obama would declare a major disaster on its behalf before leaving office. A disaster declaration would have unlocked federal relief funding that could be used for relocation.