CASPER — A judge is letting construction at Ur-Energy’s Lost Creek uranium project near Rawlins go on while a conservation group challenges the federal government’s decision to let it proceed.
The Biodiversity Conservation Alliance filed a lawsuit in November challenging the Bureau of Land Management’s decision to let the project go forward. A federal judge on Friday denied the group’s request for a preliminary injunction to halt construction while the lawsuit continues. The judge ruled that the request is moot because much of the construction work has already started. He also says the group hasn’t shown substantial likelihood that its lawsuit will succeed.
The alliance is concerned about the project’s effects on sage grouse.
Ur-Energy expects to start uranium production at Lost Creek later this year.