Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/05/2012 04:18:54 PM PDT

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A federal lawsuit aiming to block a controversial pipeline project in the Mojave Desert has been dismissed, according to one of the defendants.

Los Angeles-based Cadiz Inc., which has teamed with the Santa Margarita Water District in Rancho Santa Margarita on the 43-mile pipeline project, said Friday in a news release that a U.S. District Court Court judge dismissed the case.

“The dismissal now ends the pending federal court litigation over the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project,” according to the news release.

On Aug. 30, Needles-based archaeologist Ruth Musser-Lopez, on behalf of her organization Archaeological Heritage Association, River Branch, filed the lawsuit naming Cadiz Inc., the U.S. Department of Interior, the Bureau of Land Management, San Bernardino County and the Santa Margarita Water Co. as defendants.

The lawsuit alleged violations of the National Historic Preservation Act and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, and that the Bureau of Land Management failed to conduct a proper review of the cultural and environmental impacts of the project and prepare a plan that would allow the project to move forward in the specially designated California Desert Conservation Area.

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