Suit challenging natural gas pipeline is closed

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) - A federal lawsuit challenging the construction of a natural gas pipeline through roadless forest in western Colorado is closed.

U.S. District Judge Robert E. Blackburn closed the case after Harold Shepherd of the Moab, Utah-based center for water advocacy, the remaining plaintiff in the case, dropped out.

Claims brought by the wilderness workshop and other environmental groups were dismissed in August. The groups sought to block construction of the 25.5-mile bull mountain pipeline on the White River and Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals in July upheld a lower court's denial of a preliminary injunction.

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