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Court upholds denial of Keystone pipeline injunction

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – A federal appeals court has upheld a lower-court ruling to deny a preliminary injunction to stop construction of an oil pipeline running from Oklahoma to refineries along the Gulf Coast.

The Sierra Club, Clean Energy Future of Oklahoma and the East Texas Sub Regional Planning Commission sued the Army Corps of Engineers for approving construction of the pipeline. They asked for a preliminary injunction to stop TransCanada from constructing the pipeline while the lawsuit went through the court system, but a district court denied the injunction.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld the district court’s ruling.

The 485-mile oil pipeline is to run from Cushing, Okla., to oil refineries along the Gulf Coast near Port Arthur, Texas. Brownsville, Wis.-based Michels Corp. is overseeing construction of the pipeline from Cushing to about Diboll, Texas.

 

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