Conservation group’s most recent records request denied

By: Jonathan Romeo, Durango Herald
February 8, 2017

All court filings and arguments related to a lawsuit seeking to overturn the U.S. Forest Service’s decision to green-light the proposed Village at Wolf Creek are in the hands of Senior Judge Richard P. Matsch.

But Matsch will not have material that a coalition of conservation groups – which includes Rocky Mountain Wild and San Juan Citizens Alliance – were hoping to gain through a Freedom of Information Act request.

On Jan. 27, the coalition’s FOIA seeking correspondences between the U.S. Forest Service’s contracted companies and the developers of the Village at Wolf Creek was denied by a separate U.S. District Court Judge, William Martinez.

“This decision sets a really troubling result,” said Travis Stills, an attorney with Energy & Conservation Law. “It lets the Forest Service use contractors to create a black box around its real decision-making and the influence that project proponents have on private contractors carrying out federal responsibilities.”

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