Enviro Seeks To Bar Mineral Drilling In Wash. Forest

Law360, New York (July 12, 2011, 6:58 PM EDT) -- A conservation group on Monday asked a federal court in Washington state to block Ascot Resources Ltd. from proceeding with exploratory mineral drilling plans in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, citing the potential for serious harm to natural resources there.

The Gifford Pinchot Task Force sued the U.S. Forest Service and related officials on July 5 contending that they violated the Organic Administration Act of 1897 by approving Ascot’s application without issuing a special use authorization for the work in a 217-acre area of the forest...
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