Environment & Energy Report

Court Sides With Trump Officials, Enbridge in Pipeline Case (2)

June 5, 2020, 7:12 PMUpdated: June 5, 2020, 9:33 PM

Federal regulators don’t have to conduct an environmental review of a major Midwest pipeline’s oil spill response plans, an appeals court said Friday in a victory for Enbridge Inc. and the Trump administration.

The decision is a setback for advocates attempting to use courts across the country to promote increased federal oversight of oil pipelines.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit rejected arguments from environmentalists who say the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration should have studied impacts before signing off on spill plans for Enbridge’s Line 5.

In a 2-1 ruling, the Sixth Circuit concluded that...

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