Pinon Canyon Coalition Gets a Victory


Not One More Acre, a coalition of ranchers and landowners organized to prevent the expansion of the U.S. Army’s Pinion Canyon Manuver Site, has won a small victory with a district court decision handed down on Tuesday.

According to the Denver Post…

U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch ruled Tuesday that the Army’s environmental review didn’t adequately assess the effects of possibly increasing training to 365 days a year at the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site. He said the Army only vaguely described how the land would be used, and the decision to increase training was arbitrary because it relied on a flawed environmental review.

While the ruling dealt only with expanded training exercises on the current Pinion Canyon Site, the attorney for Not One More Acre said that he thinks the Army was handed a real blow because they inflated their stated need for year-round training to back the case for expansion.

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