Bayou Bridge Pipeline ‘Trampled’ Landowner Rights, Court Rules

In a win for landowners whose land was taken by a pipeline company, a Louisiana state appeal court Thursday ruled that Bayou Bridge Pipeline, which was constructed as the final stretch of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, “trampled” their rights when it cut across their properties without their permission.

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Pipeline Construction

A federal judge in Montana revised his April ruling blocking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Nationwide Permit 12, a key permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline that would have allowed construction across hundreds of rivers and streams along its route. The permit still cannot be used to construct new pipelines but can be used to approve utility work, and maintenance and repair work on existing pipelines. 

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