Environment

Environment Groups File Suit To Try And Stop Pipeline Project

Cows graze the pastures of Graham Angus Farm along the path of a proposed natural gas pipeline just west of Albany, Ga. on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. Owners of the farm and other land owners in the area have teamed up in opposition of the Sabal Trail pipeline which would pass through Georgia on its way from Alabama to Florida. (AP Photo/Todd Stone)
Cows graze the pastures of Graham Angus Farm along the path of a proposed natural gas pipeline just west of Albany, Ga. on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. Owners of the farm and other land owners in the area have teamed up in opposition of the Sabal Trail pipeline which would pass through Georgia on its way from Alabama to Florida. (AP Photo/Todd Stone)
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Environmental groups have filed a federal lawsuit to stop a 516-mile natural gas pipeline project that would travel through three Southeastern states.

Groups including the Sierra Club filed the lawsuit Wednesday in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.

The suit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers comes less than a week after the $3.2-billion Sabal Trail project received final federal approvals, including permits to discharge dredge materials into wetlands and other water bodies.

The project, a joint effort by Spectra Energy, Duke Energy and Florida Power & Light, will carry natural gas from Alabama, through Georgia, into Florida.

The suit says the project poses a threat to drinking water sources in the region.

The Corps did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit.