Judge Daniel gave the agency until the end of the month to comply
By: Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post
October 2, 2015
A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Forest Service to turn over records sought by environmental groups suing the Village at Wolf Creek development.
“The Forest Service has violated (the Freedom of Information Act) by failing to conduct a reasonable search for responsive documents for this FOIA request, and by withholding information without showing that this information was exempt from disclosure,” U.S. District Judge Wiley Daniel ruled Wednesday.
Daniel also denied a motion by the U.S. attorney’s office to summarily dismiss the lawsuit filed by environmental groups including the Rocky Mountain Wild.
A coalition of environmental groups opposed to a proposed village atop Wolf Creek Pass sued the Forest Service to block an agency-approved land swap that connects the planned development with a major highway.
“They withheld a good amount of documents,” said Matt Sandler, legal director of Rocky Mountain Wild. “This should be a transparent process.”
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