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But Hicks on Wednesday rejected the new request for a stay, saying “the public interest lies in favor of permitting the project to move forward.”
The judge wrote that the plaintiffs had failed to refute his Jan. 26 finding that Barrick will suffer substantial harm if barred from going forward with the project.
A lawyer for the plaintiffs says he expects the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to rule on the request for a stay by Friday.