Arrow-right Camera
The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Clear Night 21° Clear
News >  Idaho

Idaho environmental group appeals BNSF bridge permit

Volunteers crush Syrah grapes for Barrister Winery as a BNSF train rolls past Railroad Avenue, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, in Spokane, Wash. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Volunteers crush Syrah grapes for Barrister Winery as a BNSF train rolls past Railroad Avenue, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, in Spokane, Wash. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Associated Press

SANDPOINT – An environmental group is appealing an Idaho Department of Lands encroachment permit granted for a BNSF Railway Co. bridge.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports court records show Wild Idaho Rising Tide filed the action Friday in 1st District Court.

Group member Helen Yost argues that the second bridge across Lake Pend Oreille jeopardizes water resources, air quality, wildlife habitat, indigenous rights, navigation, tourism and recreation.

The group also argues that the bridge will increase noise and pollution, in addition to the potential for accidents and derailments involving fossil fuels and hazardous materials.

Idaho Department of Lands Public Information Officer Sharla Arledge said in a statement that the department is reviewing a copy of the petition, and will determine the next steps to take.

The legal action calls for a judicial review of the permit’s issuance.

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.

Active Person

Subscribe to the Coronavirus newsletter

Get the day’s latest Coronavirus news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter.