9th Circ. Tells Interior To Rethink Ruby Pipeline Approval

Law360, New York (October 22, 2012, 7:53 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit on Monday ordered the U.S. Department of the Interior to re-examine the effects of a 678-mile natural gas pipeline operated by a Kinder Morgan Inc. unit, ruling the agency had used a flawed environmental review to approve the project. 

The court found that the biological opinion the Bureau of Land Management used as the basis for authorizing the Ruby Pipeline Project was invalid because it relied on an unenforceable set of mitigation measures to determine that the project wouldn’t harm wildlife. The pipeline,...
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