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Ecology Ctr. of La. v. Coleman

Citation: 6 ELR 20195
No. No. 74-737 G(H), (E.D. La., 01/08/1976) Stipulation approved

The court approves a stipulation settling this NEPA action which was brought to challenge construction of an interstate highway connector through a wetlands area south of New Orleans. The parties have stipulated that the defendants, the state highway department and the Federal Highway Administration, will abandon a 45-mile segment of proposed I-410 which was to run through undeveloped wetlands in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. In addition, the defendants agree to prepare a supplemental environmental impact statement on the remaining 13 miles of the planned highway, which include a bridge over the Mississippi River. Plaintiffs may appoint three experts who will have the right of full participation in drafting the supplemental impact statement and in proposing and monitoring design and construction modifications in the remaining highway segment. The court expressly retains jurisdiction over the action for the purpose of making such other or further orders as may become necessary.

Counsel for Plaintiffs
J. Arthur Smith, III
Carlos E. Lazarus
201 Napoleon Street
Baton Rouge LA 70802
(504) 383-7716

Michael Osborne
First National Bank of Commerce Building
New Orleans LA 70112
(504) 529-5551

Michael A. Duplantier
806 Perdido St., Suite 206
New Orleans LA 70112
(504) 581-7011

John M. Holohan
Whitney Bank Building
New Orleans LA 70130
(504) 524-5558

Counsel for Defendants
Sharon P. Frazier
Robert Jones
Louisiana Department of Highways
P.O. Box 44245, Capitol Station
Baton Rouge LA 70804
(504) 389-6431

John R. Schupp, Asst. U.S. Attorney
500 Camp Street
New Orleans LA 70130
(504) 589-2921

Ralph L. Kaskell, Jr.
Deutsch, Kerrigan & Stiles
1 Shell Square
New Orleans LA 70130
(504) 581-5141