|"Rags Over the Arkansas River"|
To preserve and protect the headwaters of the Arkansas River, the Bighorn Sheep Canyon, its inhabitants and the communities that depend upon them.
News and Events
"It was the federal court, and thanks to ROAR's lawsuit, that the delay imposed on Over the River is happening. It is not Christo's choice as he seems to be suggesting,"
-Joan Anzelmo, ROAR Spokesperson
September 12: Judge John Kane ordered Christo's Over The River Corporation (OTR) not to begin construction without adequate notice to the Court and all parties. His decision essentially prohibits any OTR construction until the court authorizes it.
Online ART mag "Hyperallergic" reports "Judge Officially Pauses Christo's Colorado Project." (Published Sept.18 reporting the Sept. 12 ruling.)
August 14: Judge Issues Amended Stay for OTR Project
Scroll down to read the July 27 Motion and other Federal lawsuit background info.
Other Recent News and Developments:
August 2: Local and National Media cover Christo's announcement of OTR's indefinite delay. Links to some of the stories include:
July 31, 2012: Christo announces further delay of OTR, due to lawsuits.
Friday, July 27: ROAR filed a motion in U.S. District Court to ask Judge Kane to amend his Stay issued on July 5, to more strictly accomplish his stated intent to have BLM pause all OTR work while a third party administrative appeal is being considered by the Interior Board of Land Appeals. In part, the motion stated "in order to effectuate the Court's intent, and to preserve the status quo, ROAR requests that the Court amend its order granting the stay to require that BLM be prohibited from issuing the Notice to Proceed to OTR before 180 days after a final decision is issued on the administrative appeal and/or the stay is lifted."
Pueblo Chieftain reports "Group renews its ROAR".
On July 5, 2012, Judge Kane denied BLM's motion to dismiss ROAR's lawsuit. Additionally, he stayed progress of the suit pending the outcome of a separately filed administrative appeal by an individual to the Interior Board of Land Appeals.
Judge Kane ordered BLM, as the defendant, to monitor and effectuate the fact that OTR is expected to honor the Stay he issued, and commence no action on the BLM's November 2011 permit to authorize OTR construction.
On February 1, 2012, Rags Over the Arkansas River (ROAR) filed a lawsuit in Federal Court against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The suit alleges BLM violated the Federal Land Policy Management Act (FLPMA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) when they approved the "Over the River" project proposed by the artist Christo Javacheff. ROAR is represented by student attorneys from the University of Denver's Environmental Law Clinic under the guidance of Professor Mike Harris. Professor Harris directs the Environmental Law Clinic which is a part of DU's Sturm College of Law.
The Judge's order stated: "While OTR is expected to honor the Stay and commence no action on the agency's November 2011 construction authorization until the administrative appeals process has run its course, OTR is not a party to this action and preservation of the status quo is thus up to Defendants to monitor and effectuate."
Local Electric Service Co-op concerned about construction and panels under their lines. Read about it.
Prior News and Information
OTR cannot begin, however, until BLM issues the "Notice to Proceed." Several other permits must also be obtained for OTR to begin the project.
July 22, 2011 - Local Businesses and Citizen Group Sue State Parks, Demand Public Process in “Over the River” Decision. Read about it.
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