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Federal judge blocks construction of Keystone XL pipeline

Federal judge blocks 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.

"This is a complete repudiation of the Trump administration's attempts to evade environmental laws and prioritize oil company profits over clean water and wildlife", Jared Margolis, senior attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity, said in astatement.

The judge put the pipeline on hold until the State Department conducts another review of the possible environmental impact of the project.

The pipeline would have added 830,000 barrels of daily shipping capacity - about 4.2 percent of US oil demand - when it came into service, which was expected to happen in 2021. As a result, the number of people who will be genuinely surprised if the Keystone XL project-vetoed by the Obama administration and later revived by President Trump-ever sees the light of day is growing.

A federal judge in Montana halted construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline on Thursday on the grounds that the US government did not complete a full analysis of the environmental impact of the TransCanada project.

"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", he continued.

Since Donald Trump took office, progressive journalism has been under constant attack and companies like Facebook and Google have changed their policies to limit your access to sites like Truthout. He said it would create jobs and spur development of infrastructure.

In its initial report, the State Department had said that any climate related impacts from the pipeline "would prove inconsequential".

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It was this 2014 assessment that the State Department, under the direction of Trump's January 2017 presidential memorandum, used to make their decision to approve the pipeline, The Post reported.

The US stretch of line that needs to be built would be 875 miles (1,450 km) long.

The judge also argued that the government's analysis had not fully determined the potential for oil spills and had failed to provide substantiating evidence or a "reasoned explanation" for overturning the Obama administration's decision to block construction.

One of those litigants in this case, the Sierra Club, cheered the decision on substantive grounds.

TransCanada, which had been planning the pipeline for much of this decade, had planned to begin construction next year.

"It's emblematic of what we're seeing with the Trump administration, which is a very fast and sloppy reversal of prior decisions.in a way that doesn't adhere to the rule of law", Prange told The Post.

Tom Goldtooth, executive director for the Indigenous Environmental Network said the ruling was a win for tribes, water "and for the sacredness of Mother Earth". "It's not over for us, we're just going to keep on going ahead".


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