A Louisiana appeal court has heard a lawsuit challenging state laws that let oil pipeline companies take private land.
A lawyer for three landowners says the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal in Lake Charles could take weeks or months to decide. The case involves the 162-mile-long Bayou Bridge Pipeline, which began operating in March.
The trial judge ruled in May that the pipeline trespassed on some private land in St. Martin Parish. But he said construction was legal.
And he awarded the landowners only $150 apiece. The landowners say the law is unconstitutional.