October 20, 2019

Maine SC Upholds Denial of Wind Project

CHAMPLAIN WIND, LLC v. BOARD OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Champlain Wind, LLC, appeals from a decision of the Board of Environmental Protection in which the Board considered and balanced competing statutorily defined policies applicable to wind energy projects in Maine. The applicable statutes establish the dual policies of expediting wind energy development in defined geographic areas of Maine and at the same time providing enhanced protection for specific scenic resources. Champlain proposed the Bowers Wind Project to be situated within, but very near, the geographic border of the expedited permitting area. Within sight of the proposed wind turbines lie several scenic resources of state or national significance. On the record before us, we do not disturb the Board’s balancing of the Legislature’s policies, and we affirm the Board’s denial of a permit for the Project.<<<Read More>>>

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Federal Court Rejects Injunction to Ban Weapons Carry on Federal Land

From attorney for Mountain States Legal Foundation:

“FYI – a good day…

Last Friday, in a case in which we represent the Mountain States Legal Foundation, the Idaho federal district court rejected the attempt by federal lawyers (a U.S. Department of Justice attorney was flown into Boise to argue the case) to dismiss the MSLF lawsuit on behalf of two Idaho individuals who seek to carry loaded firearms on Corps of Engineers managed recreational lands. In addition, over the federal government’s objection, the district court granted a preliminary injunction barring the Corps from enforcing its unconstitutional regulation. The district court’s opinion is quite strong on the fundamental nature (relying on Heller) of the right guaranteed by the Second Amendment, both while in tents on federal land and for the purposes of self-defense. Bear in mind that the Corps has property open for public recreation in 43 States. I have attached the opinion.

Best Regards,

John L. Runft
Runft & Steele Law Offices, PLLC
1020 W. Main St., Suite 400
Boise, Idaho 83702

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Colleges can’t ban guns, rules Florida court in major 2nd Amendment victory

“The Florida appeals court ruling that the University of North Florida was violating state law when it prohibited a woman from storing a gun in her vehicle while she attended class will spill over to cities and counties statewide, an attorney said Wednesday.

And it’s one of many nationwide where anti-gun activists are trying to do at the local level what they can’t do in the statehouse – restrict Second Amendment rights.”<<<Read More>>>

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