[Ed. – If you thought all the i’s were dotted and t’s crossed on the environmental impact requirements for the Keystone pipeline, you thought right. All the blocks have long since been checked. This is just more delaying action by activists and a sympathetic judge.]
A federal judge in Montana on Thursday blocked the Trump administration’s permit allowing the Keystone XL pipeline and barred any construction of the long-delayed project until completion of a supplemental environmental review.
Siding with environmentalists and indigenous rights groups, U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris ruled that President Trump’s 2017 cross-border permit of the pipeline expansion by TransCanada Corp. to take oil from Alberta to Nebraska hadn’t considered all impacts as required by federal law.
The ruling requires the federal government to update a prior 2014 environmental review of Keystone XL to weigh several additional factors, including the impact of lower oil prices on the project’s viability, its related greenhouse-gas emissions and modeling of potential oil spills it could cause.