Skip to comments.Texas Farm Bureau: “TxDOT’s Draft Environmental Impact Study will not withstand judicial scrutiny”
Posted on 03/19/2008 6:06:53 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
In comments filed with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Texas Farm Bureau said the Draft Environmental Impact Study (DEIS) for the proposed I-69 corridor would not withstand judicial scrutiny.
Under the terms of the National Environmental Policy Act, these detailed environmental studies are conducted under rules developed by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ).
According to the farm organizations comments, the failure of the DEIS to consider the environmental impact of using existing rights-of-wayrather than a single minded focus on building a completely new routemeans the study could not hold up in court. Current law and actual practice in the only other state, Indiana, to file a DEIS on the massive interstate project dictate that existing rights-of-way be considered. Indianas DEIS did, in fact, consider existing rights-of-way.
The completely new route, of course, would be the most disruptive in terms of displacing families and impacting the environment, said Kenneth Dierschke, president of Texas Farm Bureau. Once again, it seems that TxDOT is trying to influence policy rather than implementing it, this time by pretending that there is only one way to build the Texas portion of I-69.
Another problem, according to the document submitted by TFB, is the insistence by TxDOT and FHWA that I-69 be multimodal, complete with space for separate truck lanes, rail and a multi-purpose utility corridor. The Farm Bureau charges that the two agencies have failed to demonstrate the need for this kind of space-eating approach.
I-69, as proposed, will pass through seven states. Of these, Texas is the only one to mention, let alone require, a multimodal corridor in connection with I-69, Dierschke said.
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Trans-Texas Corridor PING!
Maybe it could be dedicated as the Bush League Byway or maybe Fox Alley!
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