Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
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U.S. judge blocks TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline

U.S. judge blocks TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline

He said it would create jobs and spur development of infrastructure.

The state department has now been ordered to do a more thorough review of the affect on issues like the climate.

In March 2017, President Donald Trump's administration issued a permit approving construction of the pipeline, reversing the Obama administration's decision to block the controversial project.

The ruling is a major victory for environmentalist groups that sued to stop the project and for the Native American tribes that have protested against it for years.

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$8-billion project would help carry 830,000 barrels of crude a day from Hardisty, about 200 kilometres east of Red Deer, to Steele City, Neb., where it could then move on to refineries in the central USA and Gulf Coast. "Today, the courts showed the Trump administration and their corporate polluter friends that they can not bully rural landowners, farmers, environmentalists and Native communities".

"An agency cannot simply disregard contrary or inconvenient factual determinations that it made in the past, any more than it can ignore inconvenient facts when it writes on a blank slate", Morris wrote.


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

TransCanada, which had been planning the pipeline for much of this decade, had planned to begin construction next year.

Construction on the U.S. section was due to begin next year.

The latest ruling follows the court's previous decision in August to require the State Department to also conduct a supplemental environmental impact statement on a new route through Nebraska.

One of the plaintiffs, the Sierra Club, welcomed the judge's decision.

"Today's ruling makes it clear once and for all that it's time for TransCanada to give up on their Keystone XL pipe dream", Sierra Club senior attorney Doug Hayes said.

Morris particularly criticized the Trump administration for ignoring the recognized effects of the pipeline on climate change.

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