The Monday hearing on the suit against the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which several CGCC organizations filed last October, won’t produce a decision until at least late August. But the coalition did get a win.
During the July 21 hearing, coalition lawyers argued that the DNR did not take into consideration a key document when the agency granted a coastal use permit for the proposed RAM coal export terminal in Plaquemines Parish. And the judge agreed, which is important because the terminal can’t be built without that permit.
The court found that the DNR failed to include the RAM Modeling Memorandum created by the Water Institute and Arcadis U.S. The Water Institute/Arcadis concluded that the RAM terminal would undermine the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion, a Louisiana state coastal restoration project, because it would reduce the amount of sediment that collects.