June 28, 2012–The Superior Court of California, County of Humboldt has “NOT found a violation of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) at this time, nor is the petitioners’ request for injunctive relief ready for determination.” (Click here to read the order).
While it appears that the state court agrees with Caltrans at this moment, there has yet to be a final decision on the merits of the case.
EPIC and the other petitioners (the plaintiffs) in the case are disappointed that the State Court did not find the legal errors which we believe are well-documented. Our attorneys are reviewing the decision and will comply with the court’s order, said Natalynne DeLapp, Richardson Grove Coordinator for EPIC. “We take comfort in the fact that the Grove remains under the protection of the injunction granted by the Federal Court, and that Caltrans has to go back and redo their analysis after the federal judge found their initial analysis was based off ‘false data.’”
The legal challenges are far from over.