Elko, NV – A federal appeals court has denied an environmental group's request for an emergency injunction to block construction of a gas pipeline across four Western states.
The Center for Biological Diversity filed the motion Aug. 18 with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco to halt construction of the Ruby Pipeline.
The same group filed suit July 30, saying the pipeline will cross more than 1,000 rivers and streams and harm a number of endangered fish species.
El Paso Corp.'s pipeline will export gas from Opal in western Wyoming, crossing northern Utah and northern Nevada, before ending at Malin, Ore.
Noah Greenwald of the Center for Biological Diversity says the court didn't address the merits of the case in its Tuesday order.