On August 24, 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in Chicago issued a ruling on the preliminary injunction request concluding that Michigan's lawsuit had "a good or even substantial likelihood of success on the merits of their public nuisance claim." [See WIMS 9/6/11]. Despite the recognition of the real threat posed by Asian carp, the Court denied the states' request. The states then decided to appeal. Schuette's office today submitted a Petition for a Writ of Certiorari also signed by the attorneys general of Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The petition asks the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the 7th Circuit decision and order the following:
- Require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to install block nets in the Little Calumet and Grand Calumet rivers, two open pathways between the Mississippi River and Great Lakes basins that are vulnerable to Asian carp invasion; and
- Require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to expedite the completion of its study of permanent ecological separation between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins, so that the part of the study focused on the Chicago Area Waterway is completed within 18 months, not five years.