Nevada judge won’t rule on sage grouse before Christmas

By Scott Sonner |November 24, 2015

RENO, NEV. — A federal judge in Nevada is postponing a decision on whether to block U.S. regulations protecting the greater sage grouse, partly because she’s not clear if the rules are really to blame for delays in construction of a rural water supply tank near Great Basin National Park along the border with Utah. U.S. District Judge Miranda Du granted an extension so lawyers can file additional briefs to supplement arguments they made last week during a twoday hearing in Reno. That means she won’t rule before Christmas on the request by nine Nevada counties and two mining companies to issue a temporary injunction freezing the regulations.

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