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Can't use EPA review to stop oil pipelines

Judge Jackson denied a motion for a preliminary injunction in a case challenging whether the government had adequately assessed the environmental impacts of a domestic oil pipeline on mostly privately owned land. Jackson concluded that the plaintiffs failed to show that either NEPA or the Clean Water Act required further environmental review of the project.

In a later decision in the same case, Judge Jackson ruled in favor of the government, holding there was no obligation on federal agencies to review the pipeline project's environmental impact. Jackson described NEPA as a "means of informing agency officials about the environmental consequences of major actions that the federal government is poised to take," rather than "a mechanism for instituting federal evaluation and oversight of a private construction project that Congress has not seen fit to authorize the federal government to regulate."

Source: Cong. Research Service on 2022 SCOTUS Confirmation Hearings , Mar 14, 2022

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