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Judge backs Calif. high-speed rail over farmers

Posted: November 16, 2012 7:00 p.m.
Updated: November 16, 2012 7:00 p.m.

In In this Sept. 13, file photo a sign against the proposed high-Speed rail system is seen on Highway 43 near Hanford.

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A judge has denied a request from Central Valley farmers to temporarily block California's ambitious high-speed rail project.

Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley on Friday denied a request for a preliminary injunction to halt the $68 billion infrastructure project.

Groups representing Central Valley farmers claim that the California High-Speed Rail Authority should have to halt all planning and engineering work because the state violated environmental laws.

The judge ruled that "the authority acted reasonably and in good faith" in considering the project's impact.

The rail authority's chairman, Dan Richard, says the judge's decision "ensures that we can continue to move forward" on building the first 65-mile section from Merced to Fresno.

While Frawley denied the farmers' request for an injunction, the lawsuit still will be heard on its merits.

 

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