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 has thrown out the Trump administration’s land exchange agreement for the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. The arrangement was intended to allow for a road to connect King Cove to Cold Bay.
A road through a national refuge in Alaska is meant to be for medical evacuations. But a little-known loophole lets it move fish, not just patients.
“What the secretary failed to do was any environmental analysis, any public process related to this actual exchange of lands,” attorney Katie Strong said at the environmental law firm Trustees for Alaska.
It’s a major turning point in the dispute over a roughly 12-mile road that would be mostly, or entirely, built on what’s now a federally protected wilderness in the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.
Funding for renewable energy projects in Alaska has dried up, but that has not stopped the City of King Cove from pursuing green power.
The Senate hasn’t passed the bill yet. Don Young hinted the Trump administration might not need new legislation to take action.
There was a bit of a victory Monday for supporters of a proposed road in Southwest Alaska that would connect the village of King Cove to an airport at Cold Bay via the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.
At the U.S. Capitol, Alaska Rep. Don Young is known to berate Democrats and environmentalists who oppose his efforts to get a road for King Cove. Young accuses them of being indifferent to the lives of his constituents, the Alaska Natives who reside in a remote, isolated community.
The legislature recently got an update on nearly 30 ongoing cases or conflicts the state has with the federal government, Alaska’s largest landowner.