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Lawsuit Launched Challenging Texas Highway Project's Threat to Endangered Salamanders
The Center for Biological Diversity ^ | February 28, 2019 | Jenny Loda and Kelly Davis

Posted on 03/03/2019 11:12:39 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

AUSTIN, Texas— The Center for Biological Diversity and Save Our Springs Alliance today filed a notice of intent to sue the Texas Department of Transportation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over an Austin highway construction project’s threats to the federally endangered Austin blind and Barton Springs salamanders.

The conservation groups recently learned that the MoPac Intersections Project has exposed at least 21 underground caves, sink holes and other karst features that provide habitat for the endangered salamanders. There is a high risk that construction will pollute the two species’ habitat by introducing silt and pollutants to the subsurface. The project is being built across the environmentally sensitive Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone in southwest Austin.

“Ripping open these caves to build the Intersections Project has created a huge pollution threat to Austin’s endangered salamanders,” said Jenny Loda, a Center biologist and attorney dedicated to protecting rare amphibians and reptiles. “We’re outraged that TxDOT is failing to use agreed-upon conservation measures that could reduce water pollution risk and harm to these highly imperiled creatures.”

The new information about the high numbers of karst features discovered and TxDOT’s failure to fulfill its required conservation measures triggers a legal requirement to “reinitiate consultation.” That would involve taking another look at the risks to the salamanders and developing further measures to minimize that risk.

(Excerpt) Read more at biologicaldiversity.org ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: amphibians; aquifer; austin; bartonsprings; biologicaldiversity; blindsalamander; caves; cbd; construction; eas; ecology; endangeredspecies; environment; envirowackos; infrastructure; jennyloda; karst; karsts; lawfare; lawsuit; lawyers; liberalagenda; loda; loop1; mopac; mopacintersections; pollution; runoff; salamanders; saveoursprings; savetheplanet; savethewhales; savethosesnails; sinkholes; texas; texasdot; transportation; txdot
Environ-MENTAL-ism.


1 posted on 03/03/2019 11:12:39 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: BobL; sphinx; GreenLanternCorps

PING.


2 posted on 03/03/2019 11:13:46 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Modern feminism: ALL MEN BAD!!!)
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To: Salamander; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; Bockscar; ...
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3 posted on 03/03/2019 11:38:42 PM PST by SunkenCiv (and btw -- https://www.gofundme.com/for-rotator-cuff-repair-surgery)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Environment Inc. lawyers looking for a payday again.


4 posted on 03/03/2019 11:48:11 PM PST by tcrlaf (They told me it could never happen in America. And then it did....)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Wipe that smirk off your face!


5 posted on 03/04/2019 12:12:48 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (We are in the midst of a Cold Civil War.)
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To: All
Jenny Loda, attorney for Kermit the Frog and all reptilians at large.


6 posted on 03/04/2019 4:24:34 AM PST by Olog-hai ("No Republican, no matter how liberal, is going to woo a Democratic vote." -- Ronald Reagan, 1960)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Taxas law states that government entities and municipalities are limited in their liability for any lawsuit to $100,000.

Spend that and go on with the projects.

7 posted on 03/04/2019 4:28:36 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux - The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: ShadowAce
s/Taxas/Texas/

Sorry for the typo.

8 posted on 03/04/2019 4:29:55 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux - The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Don’t kill the salamanders!
Kill the child at birth.


9 posted on 03/04/2019 4:33:51 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic, Anthropogenic Climate Alterations: The acronym explains the science.)
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To: tcrlaf

I got to thinking about this & about how both sides in this mess are funded. Seems to me that the taxpayers are stuck with the bills for both sides of this. Am I wrong?


10 posted on 03/04/2019 5:44:42 AM PST by oldtech
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
There HAS to be a way of fighting back against these eco-flake nazis.
Every time we try to improve anything, these jerkoffs SUE.

I had an idea of creating a website / organization that would recruit some "right-minded" lawyer people
that would sue the bastards. Make it COST these leftists real money EVERY time they pull this crap.
Kind of like the ANTI-ACLU and ANTI-Earth First.

11 posted on 03/04/2019 6:35:32 AM PST by red-dawg (Climate change caused the end of the Ice Age. Did man play a part in it?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Go on with the project! They’ll blend in!


12 posted on 03/04/2019 7:17:32 AM PST by Road Warrior 04 (Boycott The NFL! Molon Labe! Oathkeeper)
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To: Olog-hai

I bet she has a lot of cats in her future.


13 posted on 03/04/2019 8:06:57 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: hal ogen

Lucky these morons were not around when they found that the discovery of the wheel and fire contributed to the extinction of the Dodo.


14 posted on 03/04/2019 8:50:46 AM PST by CoastWatcher
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To: hal ogen

They might be too warm-blooded for her, never mind their predilection for preying on small creatures; if they don’t or can’t eat the salamander, they’ll probably kill it for other creatures who can eat it.


15 posted on 03/04/2019 9:13:47 AM PST by Olog-hai ("No Republican, no matter how liberal, is going to woo a Democratic vote." -- Ronald Reagan, 1960)
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