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Conservationists win Ruby pipeline appeal

Posted: October 22, 2012 3:00 p.m.
Updated: October 22, 2012 3:00 p.m.

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal appeals court has ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Land Management to reconsider additional protection for the Lahontan cutthroat trout and other endangered fish adversely impacted by the 700-mile Ruby pipeline stretching southern Oregon through Nevada and Utah into Wyoming.

A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday the federal agencies violated the Endangered Species Act by failing to adequately examine the potential harm to fish as a result of pumping more than 300 million gallons of water from beneath the ground.

The appellate court also agreed with environmentalists who said the government illegally relied on mitigation measures that have not been funded in concluding there's enough protections in place for the cutthroat trout and other fish.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.




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