A proposed settlement, filed in the Northern District Federal Court in San Francisco July 3, directs the Departments of Interior, Energy and Agriculture to give far more weight to renewable power projects and the environmental impacts of proposed energy developments on public lands. The underlying lawsuit brought by a coalition of conservationists in 2009 challenged the legality of 6,000 miles of energy corridors drawn up by the federal government in California and 10 other western states. It alleged that the corridors were slanted towards fossil fuel interconnections. \u201cThis landmark agreement could make a world of difference to renewable energy development--and at the same time, minimize messy energy corridors on our public lands to avoid harm to wildlife, parks and wilderness,\u201d said Amy Atwood, senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity The Wilderness v. U.S. Department of Interior settlement, awaiting court approval, requires the federal agencies to revise the energy corridor designations on a regional basis and in a transparent manner. It seeks to reduce the energy developments\u2019 environmental impact, including limiting developments on sensitive lands. The deal directs the creation of an interagency working group that is required to incorporate new relevant studies, including ones by the Western Electricity Coordinating Council and Western Governors Association when updating corridor designations. The initial lawsuit was in response to the federal government\u2019s filing of its final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement in 2008 in support of alleged environmentally-damaging fossil friendly developments. The approved corridors, it claimed, \u201calign with, and perpetuate the use of coal-powered plants throughout the West, and leave stranded or underserved many areas with renewable energy resources\u201d (Current, July 10, 2009). In addition to the Wilderness Society and Center for Biological Diversity, the other suing organizations include the Sierra Club, Earthjustice, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Great Old Broads for Wilderness. They asserted the massive corridors aimed at promoting high voltage lines and pipelines across public land specifically violated the National Environmental Policy Act, Federal Land Policy and Management Act, and Endangered Species Act. Among the proposed corridors of concerns were ones in Northern and Southern California. The agreement specifies corridor additions or subtractions are to be developed in an open and transparent process, \u201cwith robust opportunity for engagement\u201d by tribes, state and local governments and other stakeholders. The settlement also pays the suing coalition $30,000 for their legal fees.