Enviro Groups Lose Out To Canadian Oil Pipelines

Law360, New York (October 20, 2010, 12:59 PM EDT) -- A federal judge has cut down a lawsuit by environmentalists opposed to the construction and operation of two parallel pipeline projects that connect Canada’s tar sands to refineries in the Midwest.

On Tuesday, Judge Donovan W. Frank granted summary judgment to the U.S. government and Enbridge Energy Partners LP, finding that the environmental impacts of the Alberta Clipper and the Southern Lights Diluent pipelines were properly considered before the project was greenlighted.

Already in operation, the Alberta Clipper pipeline is capable of moving approximately 450,000 barrels...
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