Sierra Club Sues Over Grand Parkway
The Sierra Club has filed a federal suit against the project, saying that environmental-impact studies have been inadequate.
Brandt Mannchen of the group appeared before Commissioners Court today to explain.
"Filing a lawsuit is a serious undertaking which requires money, time, and other resources," he said. "It is a strategy of last resort, not first resort. It is because the Sierra Club feels so strongly about protection of the Katy Prairie and the harmful effects the proposed Grand Parkway Segment E will have on the Katy Prairie, that we have filed this lawsuit."
County commissioners, on the other hand -- especially Steve Radack -- have long maintained that the road provides much-needed traffic relief, especially to commuters using 290.
Jim Blackburn is representing the club in the suit; he's probably Houston's most well-known environmental lawyer.
(He apparently doesn't understand, though, that there are stimulus funds out there, baby, and concrete to be laid.)
We're sure a federal lawsuit will bring this matter swiftly to a reasonable solution.
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