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Lawsuit filed to nix last-minute Trump move to forward water extraction project near Mojave NPres

March 24, 2021 - Twentynine Palms, CA – Native American Land Conservancy (NALC) and the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s decision in the waning days of the Trump administration that benefitted the longstanding Cadiz desert water mining proposal.

The BLM issued a right-of-way to Cadiz Real Estate LLC, allowing the transport of pumped groundwater through an existing gas pipeline without undertaking legally required tribal consultation and environmental review of the impacts of the decision on national parks, national monuments, and sacred sites. The pipeline would help Cadiz pump 16 billion gallons of water annually from an aquifer beneath Mojave Trails National Monument and lands that tribes have used since time immemorial.

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