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Judge Orders Gov’t Review of Keystone Pipeline Documents

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials must go back and review documents related to the disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline, under a Wednesday court ruling that came after environmentalists accused President Donald Trump’s administration of withholding details on the project’s approval. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris said the government must provide any relevant documents by March 21 or explain why they should be withheld. The ruling came in a lawsuit pending in federal court in Montana from environmentalists seeking to stop the 1,179-mile (1,897-kilometer) pipeline. It would carry crude from Canada’s oil sands region to […]

Groups Want Details on Trump’s Approval of Keystone Pipeline

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Opponents of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada are asking a judge to force the U.S. government to turn over emails and other documents related to President Donald Trump’s approval of the project. Environmentalists who sued to stop the 1,179-mile (1,800-kilometer) pipeline said the documents could bolster their case that Trump’s decision was arbitrary and should be overturned by the courts. But U.S. Justice Department attorneys argued in court filings that the disputed documents include internal deliberations that don’t have to be made public. They said the request amounts […]

Judge Refuses to Delay Hearing on Pipeline Land Acquisition

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has refused to postpone a hearing in a lawsuit brought by developers seeking possession of land in several Virginia counties for a controversial pipeline project. Atlantic Coast Pipeline is seeking possession of several properties in Augusta, Bath, Buckingham and Cumberland counties for the natural gas pipeline, which would run through West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. The judge declined Monday to postpone a Feb. 26 hearing regarding land in Bath County, but he ordered developers to turn over more information and gave property owners more time to respond. […]

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Sues for Eminent Domain in Virginia

ROSELAND, Va. (AP) — The company behind the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is pursuing two eminent domain cases in one Virginia county. The News & Advance of Lynchburg reports ACP LLC officials filed the lawsuit Friday against Nelson County’s Wintergreen Property Owners Association following an inability to reach a compensation agreement. ACP wants easements for 7.5 acres (3 hectares) of open land near the Augusta County border. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s project approval has granted the company the power of eminent domain. The association, which opposed the pipeline’s location, says it has agreed to a […]

Bayou Bridge Pipeline Ruling Expected This Week

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The builders of the Bayou Bridge pipeline and the environmentalists trying to stop them will have to wait a few more days for a court decision on whether the project can continue moving forward. The Advocate reports that after a day and a half of testimony and arguments, U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick told the two sides Friday she needs more time to weigh their points. She says they could expect a ruling next week. It will determine whether construction is temporarily halted in the Atchafalaya Basin. The environmentalists have […]

Ohio Town Accepts $7.5M Settlement in Gas Pipeline Battle

CLEVELAND (AP) — A divided City Council in northeast Ohio on Wednesday voted to accept $7.5 million to settle lawsuits and clear the way for construction of a high-pressure natural gas line through the city. It’s a bargain no one in Green in southern Summit County seems happy about. This solidly middle-class community of 26,000 has spent the last three-plus years fighting the partnership that’s building the $2 billion pipeline to carry gas from Appalachian shale fields across northern Ohio into Michigan and Canada. The council voted 4-3 to accept the settlement with NEXUS Gas […]

Pipeline Builder Offers $7.5M, Land to Settle Lawsuits

GREEN, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio city is considering whether to accept a $7.5 million offer to settle lawsuits with a company building a high-pressure natural gas pipeline. The Green City Council was expected to vote Wednesday night whether to accept an offer that also includes 20 acres of parkland from NEXUS Transmission, a partnership between Canadian firm Enbridge and Detroit’s DTE Energy. The $2 billion, 255-mile-long (410-kilometer) pipeline will carry gas from Appalachia across northern Ohio and into Michigan. About 8 miles (13 kilometers) would be routed through Green in southern Summit County. […]

Dakota Access Protester Who Fired Gun to Remain Jailed

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a Denver woman to remain jailed in North Dakota while she awaits sentencing for shooting at law officers during protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland refused to grant a request by 38-year-old Red Fawn Fallis to be returned to a Fargo halfway house from which she went missing for an entire day last month. Hovland cited a “lack of candor” by Fallis, saying she thwarted efforts to find her and refused to answer questions about her whereabouts. Fallis’ attorneys had […]

Judge Pauses Land Acquisition for Mountain Valley Pipeline

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has halted a company’s plan to take possession of various lands in Virginia for a controversial pipeline project until it can demonstrate that the landowners will be adequately compensated. The judge on Wednesday said Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC is entitled to condemn the land it needs, but that can’t take immediate possession of most of the properties in question until the court is assured that just compensation will be paid. Mountain Valley had hoped take possession of the properties by Thursday to meet its preferred schedule for the […]

Judge: Governor’s Office Complied with Public Records Law Concerning Pipeline Project

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office complied with Louisiana’s public records law in responding to an environmental group’s request for documents about an oil pipeline project, a judge ruled Friday. State District Court Judge Wilson Fields refused to order Edwards’ office to conduct another search for records requested by the Louisiana Bucket Brigade. The group asked for records of meetings or communications between Edwards’ staff and representatives of companies building the Bayou Bridge pipeline in south Louisiana. Edwards’ office said a search error initially prevented it from retrieving emails about a […]

Judge: Louisiana Records Law Doesn’t Apply to Pipeline Plan

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s public records law doesn’t apply to a private, for-profit company building a 162-mile-long (261-kilometer) crude oil pipeline in the state, a judge said Thursday in rejecting a bid by environmental groups for access to company records. State District Court Judge Michael Caldwell said he sees no basis for compelling Bayou Bridge Pipeline LLC to turn over pipeline project records to the groups that sued the company last week. But he gave the groups’ attorneys 15 days to amend their public records lawsuit against Bayou Bridge before he would formally […]

Dakota Access Protester Pleads Guilty in Shooting Incident

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Denver woman accused of shooting at law officers while being arrested for protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota pleaded guilty Monday to two federal charges in a deal with prosecutors. The agreement means Red Fawn Fallis won’t stand trial, where she could have faced up to life in prison if convicted. Instead, prosecutors will recommend a sentence of no more than seven years in prison. Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Delorme declined comment outside the courtroom on why the government chose not to take the case to trial. […]

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