TAP Trial to Provide Water to Whooping Cranes, Bays Concludes

Dec 16, 2011 | TAP Updates

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After a two-week trial in federal district court in Corpus Christi, the trial concluded yesterday afternoon in The Aransas Project’s lawsuit under the Endangered Species Act to ensure adequate freshwater inflows to San Antonio Bay to protect the endangered whooping cranes that winter at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.

The Court has requested post-trial briefs from the parties rather than closing arguments, and those will be submitted on a schedule determined by the Court.

After the trial, TAP’s lead attorney Jim Blackburn said, “We feel very positive about the case that we presented to the Court.  Judge Jack indicated at the close of the trial that she intends to very thoroughly review the record, and that the parties should not expect a decision until sometime this summer. In terms of the case, we will focus on our post-trial briefs, and then await the decision of the Court.”

On behalf of The Aransas Project, we would like to thank all of our members for your continued support.  We will continue to keep you informed regarding developments in the case as they occur. We also encourage all of you to come and visit the cranes who are currently at Aransas. We’ll continue to monitor their status, amidst the tough drought this year, and keep you posted on that as well.