HOUSTON (AP) — A company building a crude oil pipeline in Louisiana is asking a federal appeals court to throw out a judge's order that had halted construction work in an environmentally fragile swamp.
A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear arguments Monday by attorneys for Bayou Bridge Pipeline LLC, federal regulators and environmental groups opposed to the project.
In February, U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick sided with environmental groups and issued a preliminary injunction that temporarily stopped all Bayou Bridge pipeline construction work in the Atchafalaya Basin until the groups' lawsuit over the project is resolved.
But a different panel from the appeals court agreed in March to suspend that order pending a final decision by the 5th Circuit.