By Bob Beck
Laramie, WY – US District Court Judge Clarence Brimmer will once again hear arguments from the state of Wyoming over why the Clinton era rule that protects roadless areas should not be law.
The state feels optimistic, since Judge Brimmer previously ruled in Wyoming's favor, saying that the Clinton rule violated the national environmental policy act and the Wilderness Act.
The rule protects 50 million acres from road construction or development. Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal says the state opposes the Clinton rule because it takes power away from local areas.
Although Wyoming won its case earlier, the rule was changed by the Bush administration and has bounced through the courts. This new case begins a new process after the Bush rule was finally overturned. The hearing is Friday in Cheyenne.