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Plains Agrees To Halt Tennessee Lawsuits

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The companies behind the Byhalia Connection, a crude oil pipeline system that will run nearly 49 miles from Memphis to Mississippi, have verbally agreed to stop pursuing lawsuits against Tennessee property owners who refused to sell access to their land for construction.

The pipeline is being disputed because it will build over the Memphis Sand Aquifer which provides drinking water to around one million people.

The Memphis city council has postponed a vote on an ordinance that would regulate the Byhalia Connection oil pipeline until at least July. It delayed the measure after the council’s attorney said the act raised “constitutional” concerns and the city could lose related litigation.

Plains All American Pipeline and Valero, the companies behind the project had been aiming to start construction in 2021 and be in service approximately nine months later.

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