Environmental Groups Expand NE Pipeline Lawsuit

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Three environmental groups have expanded a lawsuit that seeks to halt the development of a transnational oil pipeline through Nebraska.

The groups announced Tuesday that their lawsuit will challenge
claims that a spill from the Keystone XL pipeline would not likely
affect whooping cranes or other endangered species.

The lawsuit in U.S. District Court of Omaha aims to stop early work to make way for the pipeline, such as mowing native prairie grasses. Pipeline operator TransCanada, which was not named in the
lawsuit, has said it mowed the grass to protect an endangered
beetle species.

Company officials say they also received permission from the landowners.

The lawsuit names the U.S. State Department, Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton and other federal agencies and officials as defendants.

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