Oil pipeline builder agrees to halt eminent domain lawsuits

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Clyde Robinson, 80, speaks with a reporter while standing on his acre-sized parcel of land on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, in Memphis, Tenn. Robinson is fighting an effort by two companies seeking a piece of his land to build part of an oil pipeline that would run through the Memphis area into north Mississippi. The Byhalia Connection would link two larger U.S. oil pipelines. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)

MEMPHIS, Tenn.— A company seeking to build a disputed oil pipeline over an aquifer that provides drinking water to 1 million people has verbally agreed to stop pursuing lawsuits against Tennessee property owners who refused to sell access to their land for construction.

Plains All American Pipeline spokesman Brad Leone says the company will put in writing an agreement with the Memphis City Council that will set aside lawsuits it has filed against property owners fighting the Byhalia Connection pipeline.

Plains is part of a joint venture with Valero Energy to build the underground pipeline linking Valero’s refinery in Memphis with another pipeline in Mississippi.

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