Written by Mark Hefflinger, Bold Nebraska
GREAT FALLS, Mont.– A federal judge ruled today that the Trump administration violated bedrock U.S. environmental laws when approving a federal permit for TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline project. The judge blocked any construction on the pipeline and ordered the government to revise its environmental review.
The decision is a significant setback for a pipeline that investors are already seriously questioning. TransCanada has not yet announced a Final Investment Decision on whether to move forward and build Keystone XL should it receive all the necessary permits.
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ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
- Judge halts work on Keystone XL pipeline, orders environmental review be redone. by Nancy Gaarder, Omaha World-Herald
- FERC Commissioner: Time to weigh pipelines’ climate threats, E&E News
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission needs to acknowledge the “existential threat” posed by climate change and address it in the context of the natural gas projects it reviews, said Commissioner Richard Glick [on October 30, 2018]..