The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver today ruled unanimously in favor of the U.S. Forest Service and Vail Associates regarding Vail’s Category III expansion. The lengthy decision repeatedly affirmed that the Forest Service properly analyzed and addressed the projected impacts that Category III may have on the Canada Lynx; and that the Forest Service also properly followed the process for review and approval of the entire project.
In denying the appeal by a coalition of environmental groups and individuals, the Court characterized the opponents’ arguments as puzzling, lacking both logic and support.
“This is a complete vindication of the work done by both the U.S. Forest Service and us,” said Andy Daly, president of Vail Associates. “Category III has now been approved twice by the Tenth Circuit Court, as well as by the U.S. District Court, two Forest Supervisors, the Deputy Regional Forester, the Army Corps of Engineers, Eagle County, the Town of Vail, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Colorado Division of Wildlife.”
The decision once again reaffirms Category III as an environmentally viable project that should go ahead,” continued Daly. “It’s time to put these legal wranglings behind us and move forward. We welcome the opportunity to help channel the opponents considerable energy into making better projects in the future rather than continuing to fight what has been ruled time and time again to be a sound expansion.”