A federal judge has denied a bid to block the Port MacKenzie railroad spur project. Monday U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline handed down his decision, saying that extensive environmental studies were conducted over a period of years regarding the project, and that the benefits of the project are great, while further delay in construction would not be in the public interest.
A number of environmental groups, headed by Cook Inletkeeper, had asked for a preliminary injunction halting initial construction of the line linking Port MacKenzie and Houston. Oral arguments in the case were heard on February 7. In an earlier court decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the construction of the rail spur.
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