Trump sued over “water mining” project affecting Mojave NPres and Mojave Trails NMon
What oversight should there be on pipelines that cross federal lands via railroad right-of-ways? While the Trump administration says none, according to the National Parks Conservation Association, the park advocacy group says those projects shouldn't fly beneath oversight. And so NPCA has gone to court to block an Interior Department decision to allow a pipeline project to cross Mojave Trails National Monument.
The lawsuit filed this week in the District of Columbia charges that Interior Department officials have instituted a policy that "illegally green-lighted the construction and operation of a pipeline across federal lands without a permit or environmental review." At issue is a "water mining project" by Cadiz Inc. that NPCA staff believe "threatens fragile springs, wildlife and water resources in Mojave Trails National Monument and Mojave National Preserve."