US Federal Judge Blocks TransCanada's Keystone XL Pipeline

Federal Judge Halts Construction Of Keystone XL Pipeline

Federal Judge Halts Construction Of Keystone XL Pipeline

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.

The judge added that the Trump administration had not adequately accounted for potential declines in oil prices, which have been depressed since the crash of 2014, and which would have a major effect on the long-term viability of such a project.

Judge Morris is the latest jurist to block Mr. Trump's initiatives under administrative-law rule, claiming that his officials have cut corners in administrative processes to make political decisions.

The proposed Keystone XL 1,179-mile pipeline would carry up to 830,000 barrels of crude oil per day from the Canadian province of Alberta to the U.S. state of Nebraska and down to oil refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast.

Demonstrators against the Keystone XL pipeline march in Lincoln, Nebraska, in August 2017.

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 previous year.

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

"An agency cannot simply disregard contrary or inconvenient factual determinations that it made in the past, any more than it can ignore inconvenient facts when it writes on a blank slate", Morris' judgement read.

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In a statement the 32-year-old said: "It has been a complicated year". "I couldn't be happier to finish the season like this". His decision means he will lose the end-of-season world No 1 ranking to Novak Djokovic .

In August, Morris ruled that the State Department was obligated to "analyze new information relevant to the environmental impacts of its decision" to issue a permit for the pipeline a year ago.

"The Trump administration tried to force this dirty pipeline project on the American people, but they can't ignore the threats it would pose to our clean water, our climate, and our communities", Doug Hayes, a lawyer for the Sierra Club environmental group, said in a statement as cited by CNBC. 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.

Morris said the government must provide "new and relevant information regarding the risk of spills".

"The Department instead simply discarded prior factual findings related to climate change to support its course reversal", Morris wrote.

The US stretch of line that needs to be built would be 875 miles (1,450 km) long. "The courts showed the Trump administration and their corporate polluter friends that they can not bully rural landowners, farmers, environmentalists, and Native communities".

TransCanada did not indicate how it would proceed on Friday but the ruling is a blow to the company's plans to begin construction early next year.

"This is a win for Lakota, the Oceti Sakowin and other Tribal Nations, for the water, and for the sacredness of Mother Earth", Tom Goldtooth, executive director for the Indigenous Environmental Network, said in astatement.

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

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