Judge Quashes Enviros' Tar Sands Pipeline Suit

Law360, New York (October 1, 2009, 2:02 PM EDT) -- A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by the Natural Resources Defense Council and other environmental groups challenging the U.S. Department of State's presidential permit for the building of a 2,148-mile oil pipeline from western Canada into the central United States.

Judge Richard J. Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled Tuesday that the permit for TransCanada Keystone Pipeline LP was a presidential action immune from judicial review.

“In this case, the president has complete, unfettered discretion over the permitting...
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