Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

United States court halts construction of Keystone XL oil pipeline

United States court halts construction of Keystone XL oil pipeline

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

Morris ruled the Trump administration "jumped the gun" by pushing forward with the pipeline despite concerns over damage to native American heritage and the resulting release of greenhouse gases. Judge Brian Morris noted in his ruling that the law requires the Trump administration to "provide a "reasoned explanation" for claiming in its analysis that despite the Obama administration's previous findings, "climate-related impacts from Keystone. would prove inconsequential".

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

The ruling is a victory for environmentalists, tribal groups and ranchers who have spent more than a decade fighting against construction of the pipeline that will carry heavy crude from Alberta to Steele City, Nebraska, where it will connect to key refining points in the U.S. Midwest and U.S. Gulf Coast, as well as export terminals in the Gulf.

It's meant to be an extension of TransCanada's existing Keystone Pipeline, which was completed in 2013.

Trump granted a permit for the US$8 billion (RM33.4 billion) conduit meant to stretch from Canada to Texas just days after taking office past year.

TransCanada's Keystone XL oil pipeline suffers another setback as a federal judge in Montana has issued an order blocking its construction, which was previously approved by the US State Department, media reported.

US President Donald Trump had granted a permit for the pipeline.

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Trump, a Republican, said the project would lower consumer fuel prices, create jobs and reduce US dependence on foreign oil.

Trump could also either file an appeal or direct the State Department to conduct a new study, said Zachary Rogers, analyst at Wood Mackenzie. At that time, the Department "relied heavily on the United States's role in climate leadership".

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

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.

The proposed USA portion of the pipeline would run about 875 miles through Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska.

In 2015, on the eve of the worldwide climate talks in Paris, the Obama administration appeared to bring an end to the seven-year-long saga when it announced it was halting construction of the pipeline, arguing that approval would compromise the country's effort to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

Other plaintiffs in the suit included The Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Earth, the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council and Bold Nebraska. "The courts showed the Trump administration and their corporate polluter friends that they can not bully rural landowners, farmers, environmentalists, and Native communities". "It's not over for us, we're just going to keep on going ahead".

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