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Court Denies Request To Halt Pipeline Construction

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a request to halt construction of a 670-mile natural gas pipeline being built between Malin, Oregon and Opal, Wyoming.

As David Nogueras reports, construction of the Ruby Pipeline will continue, but the project still faces other challenges.

The Center for Biological Diversity filed the motion to stop construction while the court considers a lawsuit it filed just weeks earlier.

The group argued letting the project go forward could result in irreparable harm to certain endangered fish species.

But in a concise ruling, the court denied that request.  Noah Greenwald is the endangered species program director with the Center for Biological Diversity.

Noah Greenwald: “The case still moves forward and we’re still go into briefing and arguing the merits of our case in front of the 9th Circuit, just not with an injunction in place.”

Greenwald says the suit challenges rights of way granted on federal lands as well as a federal review of the project’s effect on endangered species.

A spokesman for the El Paso Corporation says the permitting process adequately protects wildlife and adds that the lawsuit is “without merit”.

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