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More on the misleading media campaign to declare the consent decree a success

Tuesday 13 October 2009 at 4:40 pm I have now written two blogs on the misleading misinformation – the most polite way to say it – that has come from the environmental groups that sued the National Park Service over its lack of ORV rules on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches.

The result of that lawsuit, of course, was the consent decree that now substitutes for management of seashore beaches by the National Park Service.

I certainly did not expect to write again so soon about this misinformation campaign by Defenders of Wildlife, the National Audubon Society, and their attorneys at the Southern Environmental Law Center.

However, there have been several developments since I last wrote about the SELC misleading media release a week ago. Read More

Another misinformed and misleading SELC media release

Wednesday 07 October 2009 at 09:18 am

The Southern Environmental Law Center fired another volley in its misinformation campaign about beach access in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore with yet another media release on Monday, Oct. 5.

This release closely follows the spin that environmental groups have put on this issue thus far.  

The topic of both was the alleged success of the consent decree that has replaced resource management by the National Park Service at the seashore beaches and the attempt by access advocates to have that consent decree overturned by passing legislation in Congress.

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Getting down to the wire on ORV rulemaking

Thursday 24 September 2009 at 5:02 pm In a meeting with reporters this week, Cape Hatteras National Seashore Superintendent Mike Murray gave an update on the off-road vehicle rulemaking process.

“We’re reasonably on schedule, but we can’t dilly-dally around,” Murray said.

That is a bit of an understatement.

The National Park Service is under the gun to have a final ORV rule ready by the end of next year – just 15 months from now -- and have a new rule in place by April 1, 2011.

Those dates were set in a consent decree, signed by federal judge Terrence Boyle in April, 2008, that ended a lawsuit against the Park Service by environmental groups that challenged the seashore’s interim protected management plan, which was to protect nesting birds and turtles until there was a long-range ORV plan. Read More