Court Again Rules in Favor of Port Mackenzie Rail Extension

Court Again Rules in Favor of Port Mackenzie Rail Extension

Tthe 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has again denied environmental groups’ request to block construction on the Port Mackenzie Rail Extension, a 32-mile rail link connecting the main line of the Alaska Railroad with Port Mackenzie in Alaska.

The order was issued in San Francisco, denying an emergency appeal by Cook Inlet Keeper, Sierra Club and Alaska Survival.

In mid-February, Cook Inlet Keeper lost in federal court in Anchorage, Alaska, on its request for an injunction on construction, when U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline ruled in favor of the 32-mile rail link.

The environmental groups can file a similar request on a regular timeline to halt construction in the 9th Circuit, despite the denial of the emergency motion.