The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has lifted its stay on a $272-million railway extension project in Alaska. Alaska Survival v. Surface Transp. Bd., No. 12-70218 (9th Cir. 11/28/12). The three-judge panel ruled that the Surface Transportation Board complied with the National Environmental Policy Act in determining the purpose and need for the proposed rail line, which will connect Port MacKenzie to the 470-mile Alaska Railroad main line. Petitioners had argued that wetlands along the proposed line could be irreparably damaged by the project and that it could harm wildlife, including beluga whales, moose and bears, in the Cook Inlet wetlands.