Federal Judge Halts Construction Of Keystone XL Pipeline

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The Trudeau government says it's disappointed that a US judge has halted progress on building the $10-billion Keystone XL crude oil pipeline.

McConaghy said that, most likely, "TransCanada has been working steadily through the night with the Trump administration to decide what they're going to tactically do".

Morris wrote in his ruling that a U.S. State Department environmental analysis "fell short of a "hard look" at the cumulative effects of greenhouse gas emissions and the impact on Native American land resources.

The 1,897-kilometre pipeline would carry as much as 830,000 barrels of crude per day from Hardisty, Alta., to Steel City, Neb., and on through a half dozen states to refineries on the Gulf Coast.

An AP map shows the proposed Keystone XL pipeline extension route. Trump signed an executive order two days into his presidency setting in motion a course reversal on the Keystone XL pipeline and the Dakota Access pipeline.

A USA district judge has issued an order blocking construction of the controversial transnational Keystone XL Pipeline until the State Department conducts further study of its impact on the environment.

Judge Brian Morris cited a finding in a previous case that "an agency cannot simply disregard contrary or inconvenient factual determinations that it made in the past, anymore than it can ignore inconvenient facts when it writes on a blank slate".

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In a 54-page order issued late Thursday, Judge Morris alleges the US Department of State committed multiple violations when it approved the construction of the $8 billion, 1,900-kilometer pipeline in 2017.

Since its conception, the pipeline has sparked a backlash from environmentalists and indigenous peoples who say it violates historical treaty boundaries and would bring environmental problems. 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.

He also ruled the analysis failed to fully review the effects of the current oil price on the pipeline's viability and did not fully model potential oil spills and offer mitigations measures.

In its initial report, the State Department had said that any climate related impacts from the pipeline "would prove inconsequential". "Today, the courts showed the Trump administration and their corporate polluter friends that they can not bully rural landowners, farmers, environmentalists and Native communities".

It was this 2014 assessment that the State Department, under the direction of Trump's January 2017 presidential memorandum, used to make their decision to approve the pipeline, The Post reported.

The proposed USA portion of the pipeline would run about 875 miles through Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska. He signed an executive order supporting its construction in March of a year ago. "It was a political decision made by a judge".

"We have received the judge's ruling and continue to review it".

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