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Court rejects bid to revive cancelled US pipeline program

Court rejects bid to revive cancelled US pipeline program

Created: May 28, 2020 06:03 PM

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. appeals court has turned down a request by the Trump administration to revive a permit program that allows new oil and gas pipelines to be built across water bodies.

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Industry representatives say the decision could delay more than 70 pipeline projects.

The case originated with a challenge by environmentalists to the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline from Canada to Nebraska. The Army Corps of Engineers permit was canceled by a lower court after environmentalists said it left companies largely unaccountable for damage done to streams and wetlands during pipeline construction.

Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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