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Allagash Suit Dismissal Stands 

A federal appeals court has upheld the

dismissal of a lawsuit that sought to invalidate a state law that

guarantees motor vehicle access points and makes permanent bridges

along the Allagash Wilderness Waterway.

Charles FitzGerald of Atkinson and Kenneth Cline of Bar Harbor

contend a 2006 state law conflicts with the Wild and Scenic Rivers

Act, a federal law under which Allagash was designated a wild river

area in 1970.

The law, which was hotly debated in the Legislature, designated

six bridges in the waterway as permanent structures. It also

guaranteed 11 motor vehicle access points to the river.

The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston ruled that it’s

up to the state determine how best to meet the objectives of the

Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.