Judge gives Keystone XL pipeline a raincheck
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 11/09/18, 09:46 am
The Keystone XL pipeline hit another obstacle Friday when a court blocked the Trump administration’s construction permit and ordered an environmental review. The $8 billion pipeline would begin in Alberta, Canada, and connect to an existing pipeline in Steele City, Neb., that goes all the way to the Gulf Coast. The Keystone XL could transport up to 830,000 barrels of crude oil per day. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris ruled that the environmental impacts of the project had not been considered as federal law required. Environmentalist and Native American groups have sued to stop the pipeline’s construction.
After the U.S. State Department initially issued a presidential permit in 2008, President Barack Obama blocked it in 2015, prompting TransCanada, the company behind the project, to seek $15 billion in damages. President Donald Trump signed an executive order to restart construction in 2017.
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