Federal Court denies Rollover Pass motion

In 2008, the Texas Legislature approved $5.85 million to close Rollover Pass, citing the pass as a cause of coastal erosion. The State argued that closure would “reduce coastal erosion by eliminating the sediment transport into Rollover Pass” and “return Rollover Bay and East Bay to their historical salinity regimes.”

In 2012, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved the State General Land Office request for a Clean Water Act (CWA) permit to close Rollover Pass.

In 2013, the Gulf Coast Rod, Reel & Gun Club (owners of the land) and the Gilchrist Community Association (operators) filed a motion in US District Court challenging the Corps of Engineers decision to permit the closure of Rollover Pass. They contend that “the Corps’ decision was arbitrary and capricious in violation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the CWA by failing to fully consider ecological and socioeconomic impacts or to sufficiently weigh alternatives.”

On December 4, the Court issued its findings, denying the Plaintiff’s motion and ruling in favor of the Corps of Engineers. Read the full COURT ORDER.

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