Description: Challenge to planned pipeline that would carry oil from Canadian tar sands to U.S.
Natural Resources Defense Council v. United States Department of State
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 09/29/2009 Memorandum Opinion Motion by NRDC to block planned pipeline denied. A federal district court denied a motion by NRDC to block a planned pipeline that would carry oil from Canadian tar sands to the United States. NRDC claimed that the State Department violated NEPA by issuing a permit to a company to build a cross-border oil pipeline. The court held that the group had no legal right to intervene in a permitting action carried out by a federal agency, holding that the President had complete, unfettered discretion over the permitting process.