Judge Vacates Pro-Kinder Morgan DOI Pipeline Decision

Law360 (December 3, 2020, 10:10 PM EST) -- The U.S Department of the Interior denied a midstream gas company its due process rights by unilaterally reversing five-year-old rights-of-way transfer denials that burdened the company with defunct natural gas pipelines, a Texas federal court said Thursday.

In granting Kinetica Partner LLC's motion for summary judgment U.S. District Judge Sim Lake said that the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement didn't have an unlimited and unfettered authority to reconsider its own decisions. Judge Lake said that the reversal had resuscitated a long expired request and taken the responsibility for the pipelines — including costly decommissions — off Kinder Morgan unit Tennessee Gas Pipeline...

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