No Fast-Track For $68B Rail Project A Boon For Enviro Protests
By Erin Coe
Law360, San Diego (June 21, 2012, 10:16 PM ET) -- Gov. Jerry Brown’s office has shied away from a proposal to speed up environmental review of a $68.4 billion high-speed rail plan after angering conservation groups, a move experts said Thursday could bolster environmentalists’ position against future attempts to relax California Environmental Quality Act requirements for other massive state projects.
Brown sought to protect the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s rail plan from environmental challenges under CEQA by limiting when a judge could issue an injunction to stop construction, out of a concern that delays in court...