In an effort to keep you updated on developments on the legal front, Christo wanted to let you know that Over The River today filed to intervene in the federal lawsuit that an opposition group, ROAR, filed against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in early 2012.
The complaint filed by ROAR contains several allegations, including that the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) analysis conducted by the BLM did not adequately examine or mitigate potential environmental impacts and that it violates the Federal Land Policy and Management Act. It asks the federal court to set aside BLM’s approval of Over The River until the BLM has “fully complied with their obligations under federal law.”
Christo feels strongly that the BLM analysis was thorough and complete. It was the first EIS ever conducted on a temporary work of art and includes well over 100 specific measures to mitigate impacts on bighorn sheep, birds, traffic, safety, and much more.
The outcome of this lawsuit is critical to Christo moving forward with the temporary work of art. Because the interests of this project are directly affected by this lawsuit, Christo decided it was in the best interests of Over The River to intervene and join BLM in its defense of the EIS and of its decision to grant the permit last fall.
Christo remains eager to get these legal challenges behind him so he can move forward with realizing Over The River. We will continue to keep you updated on legal developments as they occur.