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Court: Bayou Bridge oil pipeline construction can continue

Posted: 4:51 PM, Jul 06, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-06 17:51:06-04

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A federal appeals court’s ruling allows construction to continue on a crude oil pipeline through an environmentally fragile Louisiana swamp.
  
A divided panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday vacated a lower court’s preliminary injunction blocking construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline.
  
The panel’s 2-1 decision was a victory for Bayou Bridge Pipeline LLC, whose lawyers had urged the panel in April to throw out U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick’s injunction.
  
Dick issued a preliminary injunction in February, stopping pipeline construction in the Atchafalaya Basin swamp until a lawsuit by project opponents is resolved.
  
Her injunction was suspended by a 5th Circuit panel in March, so construction continued even before Friday’s ruling.
  
The company recently told the court that it expects to complete construction by October.