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Sierra Club loses appeal over permit for Enbridge pipeline

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A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of the government in a dispute over an oil pipeline that runs through a national forest in Michigan's Oscoda County.

The Sierra Club sued the U.S. Forest Service, saying it didn't prepare an environmental analysis when it renewed Enbridge Energy's right-of-way permit.

But the appeals court on Thursday agreed with a federal judge in Bay City who said the agency wasn't required to perform an assessment.

The 30-inch pipeline is part of an Enbridge line that starts in Wisconsin and ends in Ontario, Canada.

The court noted that a biologist found no impact on Kirtland's warbler birds.

The court says the Forest Service's decision-making process was appropriate and not arbitrary.

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