US President Barack Obama waves after his speech at the SelectUSA Investment Summit March 23, 2015 in National Harbor, Maryland.
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The Supreme Court on Friday rejected an advocacy initiative to temporarily halt construction of the Barack Obama Presidential Center in a Chicago park.
Judge Amy Coney Barrett, an agent of former President Donald Trump charged with dealing with affairs in that part of the country, denied the application for a restraining order without referring the case to the nine-member court.
The Chicago-based non-profit Protect Our Parks, along with a group of local residents, argued that the proposed presidential library would have “serious environmental impacts” on Jackson Park in the south of the city.
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They said in the petition that the “deliberate act” will destroy at least 800 trees and that it will have “significant effects on migratory birds and their nesting practices,” adding more “dust, noise and a deterioration in air quality, which is public health endangered in the surrounding community. “
“Once these trees are felled, there is no going back,” said the group.
Applicants also complained that the government bypassed the required regulatory reviews and illegally split the project in two to avoid considering alternative locations for the park.
“During all public hearings, government agencies cordoned off anyone who tried to address them about avoidance and mitigation issues,” the petition reads.
They directly called on Barrett to freeze “further groundbreaking construction and excavation activities” and “tree felling” in the park pending an appeal against a rejection by a lower court last week.
Her emergency request required a response by Monday, when construction was due to begin on the Presidential Center, which is said to cost about $ 700 million.
Barrett’s rejection was not accompanied by any text or explanation.