Various motions have been filed this week in the pending legal challenges to Over The River. These are simply further attempts to create more procedural delays in the legal process.
Christo remains confident that all Over The River approvals were based on thorough and complete analysis and will continue to withstand legal scrutiny, as they have at every step of the process thus far.
Over The River has received favorable rulings on two of the three legal challenges to Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s two-week temporary work of art.
Federal Court Update
The only legal challenge yet to be ruled on is in federal court. This week an opposition group filed a motion to supplement the Administrative Record in regard to the extensive measures designed to protect bighorn sheep in the Arkansas River Valley.
The federal review and approval of Over The River thoroughly examined all potential impacts to the environment — especially bighorn sheep — and sufficiently addressed them through more than 100 mitigation measures.
These measures include Christo’s funding of a 300+acre bighorn sheep habitat enhancement previously identified by the Division of Wildlife, as well as a currently ongoing monitoring program that allows Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the BLM to study the herd in ways never before possible.
State Court Update
Following the recent state district court ruling that upheld the Colorado State Parks approval of Over The River, today an opposition group has appealed the decision.
In September 2013, the judge ruled in favor of State Parks and against the opposition group, citing the hundreds of extensive mitigation measures identified to protect the environment and local communities, as well as the significant benefits to State Parks from Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s two-week temporary work of art.
Despite this very strong ruling, an appeal has been filed in the Colorado Court of Appeals. Additional Over The River legal updates will be provided as new information becomes available.