Keystone XL Pipeline Project Blocked

Keystone XL Pipeline Project Blocked
TransCanada Corp.'s long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline project was blocked by a Montana federal judge pending further environmental review.

(Bloomberg) -- TransCanada Corp.’s long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline project was blocked by a Montana federal judge pending further environmental review.

Thursday night’s ruling is the latest set-back for the Calgary-based pipeline company in its decade-long push to construct a 1,179-mile long conduit to deliver crude from Alberta’s oil sands to a Nebraska junction, en route to refineries near the Gulf of Mexico.

The Indigenous Environmental Network, River Alliance and Northern Plains Resource Council filed a pair of lawsuits against the U.S. in March 2017 shortly after President Donald Trump gave his approval for the project to cross the U.S.-Canada border. TransCanada joined the litigation to defend the permit approval.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris in Great Falls agreed with the groups’ argument that a 2014 environmental impact assessment fell short of the National Environmental Policy Act and other regulatory standards.

The judge barred both TransCanada and the U.S. from "from engaging in any activity in furtherance of the construction or operation of Keystone and associated facilities" until the U.S. State Department completes a supplemental review.

Morris was appointed in 2013 by then-President Barack Obama, who had refused to grant a cross-border permit for the international project. Morris has ordered it vacated.

Nebraska’s Supreme Court last week heard arguments from attorneys for landowners seeking to overturn that state’s public service commission approval of its route there.

The case is Indigenous Environmental Network v. U.S., 17-cv-00029, U.S. District Court, District of Montana (Great Falls).

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Joe Reich  |  November 09, 2018
another progressive socialist standing in the way of free enterprise.
Mason  |  November 09, 2018
The pipeline is just 2 miles from my home and aquifer. Right now it's pushing other crude out of Cushing OK. But when the Keystone oil comes through with all it's Benzene, God help us if a line spills. Oh, you say trucks are more hazardous? True the incidents are higher but the quantities are lower, and rapidly cleaned up. Here in the boonies a line can be gushing for days before it's found and cleanup will be impossible. Yay for Judge Morris! Tell XCan to spill it over their own land and see how they like it. I am also against using imminent domain to steal US land by a foreign country. That would be cause for war anywhere else on the globe.
Gregg Witte  |  November 09, 2018
So I have to ask the obvious question: how much does it cost to buy a federal judge these days?