GE subsidiary drops appeal of federal preliminary injunction blocking shipments to Alberta, Canada, tar sands fields.
The company blocked by court order from moving its giant wastewater evaporator equipment through the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest, on its way to Canadian tar sands fields, has abandoned its legal efforts to reverse the injunction.
Resources Conservation Company International (RCCI), a subsidiary of the General Electric (GE) Company, filed documents on Thursday, signaling it would voluntarily drop its appeal and its emergency motion to stay the injunction.
According to a statement issued by GE, the company abandoned the appeal because of “ongoing uncertainty regarding timely delivery of properly permitted shipments. Because this technology is important to our customers and to improving the environmental impact of oil recovery operations, GE instead will focus on alternative shipment options. (WIRT emphasis)”
Last month, U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill ordered the U.S. Forest Service to block the shipments from using a 100-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 12 that passes through the forest and the Lochsa/Middle Fork of the Clearwater Wild and Scenic River corridor. The ruling followed a lawsuit filed by the Nez Perce Tribe and Idaho Rivers United.
The company asked Winmill to reconsider, but the judge reached the same conclusion when he reconsidered the ruling earlier this month. The company filed an appeal following Winmill’s second ruling, but pulled the appeal on Thursday. Continue reading