One lawsuit has already been filed, asking for an injunction to block construction.
California Gov. Jerry Brown is drafting legislation to protect the $68 billion high-speed rail project from court injunctions that could come from possible environmental lawsuits. He hopes that it will help keep construction of the line on track to start by the end of the year. The state Legislature could take up the proposal as early as this month. Meanwhile, a lawsuit has already been filed, asking for an injunction to block construction.
The Brown administration, laboring to start building California's high-speed rail project by early next year, is preparing a proposal to insulate the project from environmental lawsuits, limiting circumstances in which a court may block construction of the line.
The proposal, criticized by environmentalists as it emerged on Friday, would protect the $68 billion project from court-ordered injunctions that might otherwise be issued under the California Environmental Quality Act.
Except in the most serious cases of potential environmental harm, the proposed legislation would allow construction to proceed while the California High-Speed Rail Authority fixes any environmental flaws identified by a judge.
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Source: The Sacramento Bee