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US delays approving oil pipelines after environmental ruling

1 year 2 weeks 5 days ago Thursday, April 23 2020 Apr 23, 2020 April 23, 2020 1:46 PM April 23, 2020 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By MATTHEW BROWN
Associated Press

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has suspended a nationwide program used to approve oil and gas pipelines, power lines and other utility work. The move was spurred by a court ruling that industry representatives warn could slow or halt numerous infrastructure projects over environmental concerns. A federal judge last week threw out a blanket permit that companies and public utilities have used for decades to build projects across streams and wetlands with minimal environmental review. The lack of review is a longstanding sore point for environmentalists who say it amounts to a loophole in water protection laws.

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