Sierra Club loses appeal over permit for Enbridge pipeline - WNEM TV 5

Sierra Club loses appeal over permit for Enbridge pipeline

Posted: Updated:
(Source: WNEM) (Source: WNEM)
BAY CITY, MI (AP) -

A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of the government in a dispute over an oil pipeline that runs through a national forest in Michigan's Oscoda County.

The Sierra Club sued the U.S. Forest Service, saying it didn't prepare an environmental analysis when it renewed Enbridge Energy's right-of-way permit. But the appeals court on Thursday agreed with a federal judge in Bay City who said the agency wasn't required to perform an assessment.

The 30-inch pipeline is part of an Enbridge line that starts in Wisconsin and ends in Ontario, Canada. The court noted that a biologist found no impact on Kirtland's warbler birds.

The court says the Forest Service's process was not arbitrary.

Enbridge says the light crude in Line 5 improves the quality of life in Michigan.

Copyright 2016 Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly
WNEM
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2017, WNEM; Saginaw, MI. (A Meredith Corporation Station) . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.