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 Court Rejects Sierra Club’s Challenge to NWP 12 Wetlands Permit (December 30, 2013) 

On December 30, 2013, a federal district court judge in Oklahoma issued a decision dismissed Sierra Club’s court challenge to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s nationwide permit 12 (NWP 12) allowing pipelines and utility line projects to cross streams and wetlands without having to obtain individual wetlands permits for each crossing, which would impose significant project delays for small crossings that by definition have minimal impacts.  Judge Russell rejected all of Sierra Club’s legal arguments on the merits, often citing the brief filed by AGA and other utility interveners regarding the broader impacts on energy infrastructure, the key role played by NWP 12, and the environmental safeguards built into the NWP 12 permit-by-rule.  This follows the decision in October 2013 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit upholding Judge Russell’s earlier decision to deny Sierra Club’s motion for a preliminary injunction to halt construction of the Keystone pipeline pending litigation. 


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