A Saint Louis-based environmental group has filed a lawsuit against the US Army Corps of Engineers for failing to provide information about a multi-state oil pipeline project. The Missouri Coalition for the Environment says the Corps unlawfully withheld documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act. The group is trying to find out more about plans by the Canadian energy company Enbridge to build a 600-mile pipeline that would carry tar sands oil through parts of Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Great Rivers Environmental Law Center attorney Henry Robertson is representing the Coalition in the suit:
"We were interested in Enbridge's applications that showed the route of the pipeline, and the environmental impacts. We were also interested in(…) risk to endangered species. We were also concerned about plans for dealing with spills."
Robertson says the Coalition wants to stop construction of the pipeline, which began last week. The US Army Corps of Engineers says it does not comment on pending litigation.
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