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Navy gets court's backing to construct new underwater facility

There are many buildings under construction in the Miami area every day. Most of these projects go from start to finish without any problems. However, sometimes the different parties involved can be at odds involving one or more aspects of a given project. When that happens they may end up in court in order to determine the outcome.

A U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a lower court’s decision to allow the Navy to build an undersea training facility off the coasts of Florida and Georgia. The Navy wants to start constructing the $100 million undersea training range next year. However, several conservation groups, who were represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center, had been trying to stop the project because they say that war games would pose a risk to right whales in that area.

The Navy has agreed to suspend construction during the months that the whales are migrating in that area, however they did not agree to refrain from training during those months after the site is finished. The conservation groups argue that the Navy facility could further push the right whales toward extinction. However, the court ruled that the Navy did its due diligence in determining whether the location would pose a risk to the right whales.

Not everyone always sees eye-to-eye in business matters. Construction projects like this one can lead to construction litigation for the opposing parties. If a company or business has a construction disagreement that can’t be resolved, then it might want to seek the help of an experienced construction litigation attorney.

Source: Military.com, “Court clears Navy to build undersea training range,” Kate Brumback, Oct. 2013.

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