- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The Montgomery Advertiser posted a natural gas pipeline report online after a judge lifted his ban that temporarily blocked the newspaper from publishing it.

Jefferson County Circuit Judge Robert Vance on Tuesday dissolved his order that had prohibited the newspaper from using information from the Alabama Gas Corp. document. The Advertiser then posted the 189-page document on its website.

The newspaper obtained the document through a public records request to the Public Service Commission, which regulates Alabama Gas. The utility sought to ban publication of some information that it said could present a security threat.

The newspaper’s executive editor, Tom Clifford, called the judge’s decision a huge win for the constitutionally protected rights of the newspaper and its readers.

Alabama Gas said the publication demonstrated reckless disregard for public safety.

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