Pipeline complete, litigation lingers
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Owners of a newly completed south Louisiana pipeline say they expect the transport of crude oil from Lake Charles to St. James to begin Monday.
Energy Transfer and Phillips 66 Partners said in a news release that construction was recently completed. Environmentalists and some landowners had fought the project in state and federal courts.
They challenged permits and the methods by which private land was obtained to facilitate construction. They said construction destroyed centuries-old cypress trees and animal habitat in Louisiana swampland, and they said a pipeline spill would do further damage.
Pipeline owners said government environmental impact assessments were comprehensive and found no significant impact from the project.
Legal cases linger. Among them, an appeal of a judge's decision allowing the taking of land over landowner protests.