SPOKANE, Wash. – A federal judge tossed out a lawsuit filed by the women who call themselves the “Raging Grannies” that was an attempt to stop oil and coal trains from traveling through the Spokane city center.
Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Tom Rice ruled the lawsuit, which questioned the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act of 1995, was not viable. The lawsuit had claimed a federal law keeps local government from adopting laws that address concerns with global warming, and infringing on their right to livable habitat.
Rice wrote the lawsuit brought by the “Raging Grannies” and others was “premature.” Rice said the plaintiffs could have made it a ballot issue or tried to take proposed legislation to the state or Congress.
The “Raging Grannies” were detained after obstructing an oil train in protest last fall.