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Governor reviews Roadless Rule court order

Submitted by Newsroom on February 17, 2012 – 1:31 pmNo Comment

By KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming’s Gov. Matt Mead plans to review a recent court order denying the state’s petition for a rehearing en banc in the Roadless Rule case with the state’s Attorney General.

Gov. Matt Mead addressing a group recently in Riverton. Photo by Leslie Stratmoen

The rehearing was denied yesterday by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

In a statement issued by the governor’s office, he says by making the decision, the court upheld its reversal of a decision by Judge Clarence Brimmer. According to the governor, Brimmer’s “well-reasoned” position was that the Roadless Rule creates de facto wilderness areas and only Congress should have that power.

The governor said he supports the judge’s position because the Roadless Rule has serious implications for Wyoming’s 3 million-plus acres of national forests, which under the Roadless Rule would be subject to restrictions.

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