The state challenged the Federal Subsistence Board’s authority to open an emergency hunt aimed at helping people in Kake get food in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While an appeals court had upheld the law, the Supreme Court vacated that ruling. The justices told the appeals judges to reconsider the case.
The unannounced visit came as state regulators reconsider a wastewater permit for the proposed metals mine north of Haines.
For now, that leaves in place a federal judge’s decision blocking a land exchange for a road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.
“The courts’ view of it is that the case is unusual enough and novel enough that it would be wise to resolve some of the legal uncertainty before trial rather than after,” said environmental law professor Sean Hecht.
The Trump administration remains on track to hold an oil lease sale in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge this year, a top Interior Department official confirmed Thursday.
The Trump administration Tuesday appealed a federal court decision that blocked plans to reopen vast portions of Alaska’s Arctic waters to oil drilling.
The Trump administration is appealing a court ruling that blocked plans to build a long-sought road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.
A federal judge ruled in March that the Bureau of Land Management doesn’t have to consider future mine impacts when permitting for exploration.
The 9th Circuit largely upheld an injunction that blocks key portions of the president’s travel ban from going into effect. The decision comes weeks after a similar opinion from the 4th Circuit.