Judge: Pipeline owners trespassed, but work can continue

2 years 10 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, December 06 2018 Dec 6, 2018 December 06, 2018 2:16 PM December 06, 2018 in News - AP Texas Headlines

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Louisiana judge says a company building an oil pipeline through south Louisiana trespassed on the land of three people challenging the construction - but he allowed the work to continue and awarded each of the three $150 in compensation and damages.

Judge Keith Comeaux's ruling Thursday disappointed opponents of the nearly complete Bayou Bridge Pipeline, who said they would appeal.

Opponents had hoped the St. Martinville-based judge would order the pipeline removed from the relatively small amount of land involved, a fraction of a 38-acre (15-hectare) tract. Barring that, they had hoped for a major damage award to discourage what they said was the illegal taking of land.

Energy Transfer Partners, the project owner, has said the 162-mile (260-kilometer) pipeline is expected to be operational by year's end.

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