Pipeline Construction

Although Kinder Morgan violated the conditions of a biological opinion and incidental take statement designed to protect a federally protected bird species during its construction of a natural gas pipeline in the Texas Hill Country, a federal court in the state ruled, plaintiffs seeking to prohibit the company from engaging in clearing and construction are still not entitled to a preliminary injunction. 

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Oregon Natural Gas Pipeline Approved by Feds After State Rejection

Federal regulators on Thursday approved a hotly contested natural gas pipeline, with one big catch: the Canadian company behind the project must first get approval from state regulators, who have already denied key permits. Even if the state permits never come, federal approval means the company can begin using eminent domain to seize land along the pipeline route.

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Costs, Delays Scuttle 124-Mile Constitution Pipeline Project

The nearly $1 billion Constitution Pipeline project, which had been designed to take natural gas from Pennsylvania’s shale gas fields to metropolitan New York and New England, has been abandoned after years of legal regulatory challenges made it economically unfeasible, a spokeswoman for project partner Duke Energy said Monday.

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Fight Teed Up Between Feds, Oregon Over Gas Pipeline Project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission voted 2–1 against approving the Jordan Cove natural gas pipeline project Thursday, but it could still greenlight the project as soon as next week – potentially sparking a battle between a federal government bent on fast-tracking pipelines and a state that has denied all three of the project’s key permits.

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Lawyers Expect Feds to Approve Contested Texas Pipeline Within Days

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is expected to give Houston-based pipeline giant Kinder Morgan the go-ahead to clear land for a hotly contested natural gas line through the Texas Hill Country within the next two days, attorneys for the company and the federal government said Wednesday.

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Pipelines and Preservation

A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., ruled against the Narragansett Tribe, which was seeking an order to compel the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to amend its regulations. While the tribe waited for the agency’s actions on its motion to intervene in the permitting process for a gas pipeline, construction was completed, destroying more than 20 ceremonial stone features. 

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Texas Pipeline

Austin, Texas, Travis County et al. sued Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, et al. in federal court, claiming the planned 430-mile Permian Highway natural gas Pipeline through the Central Texas Hill Country will illegally cross sensitive environment and aquifer recharge zones and habitat for species protected by the Endangered Species Act.

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