Suit challenging Colorado natural gas pipeline is closed |

Suit challenging Colorado natural gas pipeline is closed

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER – 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 Carbondale-based 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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