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Judge blocks Trump administration’s approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline

Judge blocks Trump administration’s approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline

A federal judge has blocked construction of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

"This is a complete repudiation of the Trump administration's attempts to evade environmental laws and prioritize oil company profits over clean water and wildlife", Jared Margolis, senior attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity, said in astatement. Add Trump Administration as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Trump Administration news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

A coalition of environmental and indigenous rights groups filed a lawsuit against the firm and the State Department in March to block Trump's permit, according to the Tribune.

Keystone XL would transport up to 830,000 barrels of crude oil per day from Alberta, Canada and Montana to Oklahoma and the Gulf Coast.

A federal judge in Montana halted construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline on Thursday on the grounds that the US government did not complete a full analysis of the environmental impact of the TransCanada project.

"The department failed to make a fact-based explanation for its course reversal, "let alone a reasoned explanation.'An agency cannot simply disregard contrary or inconvenient factual determinations that it made in the past, any more than it can ignore inconvenient facts'" in the present", he wrote, quoting judicial precedents.




Work can not proceed until the State Department completes a supplement to the environmental impact statement that complies with the National Environmental Policy Act and the Administrative Procedure Act, Morris ruled. Also on Thursday, a federal appeals court ruled that President Trump can not immediately end the program, DACA, that shields from deportation young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children. "We remain committed to building this important energy infrastructure project", the company said in an emailed statement.

But on Friday McCuaig Boyd said Notley's New Democratic Party government had always supported the Keystone XL plan.

Morris says the government's analysis didn't fully study the cumulative effects of greenhouse gas emissions, the effects of current oil prices on the pipeline's viability or include updated modeling of potential oil spills.

The US stretch of line that needs to be built would be 875 miles (1,450 km) long.

One of those litigants in this case, the Sierra Club, cheered the decision on substantive grounds. "We're going to continue to keep going". He also accused the State Department of using "outdated information" about potential environmental impacts instead of "the best scientific and commercial data available".

"This is a win for Lakota, the Oceti Sakowin and other Tribal Nations, for the water, and for the sacredness of Mother Earth", Tom Goldtooth, executive director for the Indigenous Environmental Network, said in astatement. "Today, the courts showed the Trump administration and their corporate polluter friends that they can not bully rural landowners, farmers, environmentalists and Native communities".

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