US Delays Oil Pipeline Approvals After Court Ruling

The Army Corps of Engineers has suspended a nationwide program to approve oil and gas pipelines, power lines and other utility work, spurred by a court ruling that industry representatives say could slow or halt numerous infrastructure projects due to environmental concerns.

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Walmart and Wetlands

The Oregon Supreme Court upheld a determination that the Department of State Lands impermissibly issued a permit allowing Walmart to fill wetlands on private property in order to build a new store, ruling the record lacks a finding about whether or not the project will interfere with the state’s policy of preserving its waters for public purposes.

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Wetland Protections

The Seventh Circuit ruled that the U.S. Department of Agriculture arbitrarily determined that a farm was no longer eligible for certain benefits, because a farmer cut down nine trees. The agency determined that the tree removal converted several acres of wetlands into croplands, but it did not present any evidence that the tree removal “altered the wetland hydrology.”

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