Judge ‘Reluctantly’ Nixes Claims of Pipeline Inspection Failures

April 16, 2020, 4:01 PM

A federal court in Montana won’t force the government to inspect thousands of miles of pipelines across public lands.

WildEarth Guardians had asserted that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) had for decades fallen short of a legal requirement to conduct annual inspections. The U.S. District Court for the District of Montana on Wednesday “reluctantly” rejected those claims.

Chief Judge Brian Morris said the environmental group failed to clear the high legal bar for winning a “failure to act” claim against the government.

The decision is a blow to environmentalists who had hoped for closer federal oversight of ...

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