A road commission in Michigan's Upper Peninsula is getting free legal help as it turns to an appeals court in a dispute over a road and wetlands.
Pacific Legal Foundation is taking the case. It describes itself as a group that fights for limited government and a balanced approach to environmental protection.
The Marquette County Road Commission had proposed to fill 25 acres of wetlands to build a road that would provide a more direct route for trucks between a mine and a processing mill.
But the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency raised objections over environmental impacts. The road commission sued, but federal Judge Robert Holmes Bell said the county doesn't have a viable claim. Bell didn't change his position when he was asked to reconsider.