We continue to await a decision from the district court on the merits of our suit challenging the SH 45 SW, MoPac Intersections, and MoPac South projects. In the meantime, we have reactivated our suit in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, seeking review of last October's denial of our request to halt construction pending the outcome of the case.  We will file our opening brief on August 15, and oral argument will be held in early November.

Our lawsuit challenging the MoPac Intersections project under the Endangered Species Act recently expanded to include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a defendant. Save Our Springs and co-plaintiff the Center for Biological Diversity requested adding the federal agency after it issued a decision in June concurring with TxDOT that the MoPac Intersections project-located over the critically sensitive Barton Springs Recharge Zone-would not harm the Barton Springs and Austin Blind Salamanders, or the Golden-Cheeked Warbler. The Service's decision was based on an inadequate analysis and incomplete review of the science, and we will move quickly to help ensure the species receive full protection under the law before construction is set to this fall. You can read more about the suit here.