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Judge agrees to halt construction of Louisiana oil pipeline

5 months 2 weeks 5 days ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 February 23, 2018 7:24 PM February 23, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
Photo: KATC
BATON ROUGE - A federal judge has agreed to suspend construction of a crude oil pipeline that is being built through a swamp in Louisiana's Cajun country.
  
U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick's order Friday is a victory for environmental groups challenging the Bayou Bridge pipeline project.
  
Dick granted the groups' request for a preliminary injunction halting pipeline construction in the environmentally fragile Atchafalaya Basin until their lawsuit over the project is resolved.
  
The judge's two-page order bars the company that is building the pipeline "from taking any further action on the project" pending a trial on the merits of the case.
  
It wasn't immediately clear if the order is limited to work in the basin or applies to the entire length of the 162-mile-long pipeline from Lake Charles to St. James Parish.

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