Judge Won't Limit Scope of Decision Axing Roadless Rule


A federal judge has denied the government's request that he reconsider or limit his 2008 decision to Wyoming after tossing the 2001 roadless rule nationwide -- a decision that conflicts with a California federal judge's decision upholding the rule.

Judge Clarence Brimmer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming also denied a motion by environmental groups to suspend his decision striking down the Clinton-era roadless rule while appeals continue. The roadless rule originally granted blanket protection to about 58 million acres nationwide but has been mired in legal battles.

The groups had already appealed to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, but those proceedings had been delayed while Brimmer considered the government's request, they said. While Brimmer's ruling was not a victory for environmental groups, they welcomed it, saying that the matter can now move forward in the appeals court.