Public Lands Council

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“The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) has, since its creation, evolved into both the most impactful federal environmental process to the ranching industry and the most effective weapon in the arsenal of radical environmental activists. Through relentless, process-based litigation across the range, these groups have transformed NEPA from its original purpose – analysis of potential impacts stemming from a major federal action – into a black hole of endless fear-driven processes initiated by federal agencies in the hope that such analysis might prevent legal challenge to otherwise proper and appropriate science-based decision-making. The reality is that no amount of NEPA will satisfy these groups. Rather, they have mastered the use of litigation to force their way into the process as a stakeholder – often with a much more influential voice than that of ranchers or others with an actual interest/impact.”