The injunction blocking construction on the Keystone XL pipeline has been lifted by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Great Falls, MT. The judicial panel dismissed the lawsuit brought by Native American and environmental groups including the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council. This is a win for TransCanada Keystone Pipeline LP which plans to ship as much as 35M gallons of crude daily from the tar sands of Alberta through Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska. The Keystone pipeline would connect to existing pipelines carrying crude to U.S. refineries.
Montana U.S. District Judge Brian Morris ruled in November 2018 that the Trump administration did not fully consider potential oil spills and other environmental effects when it issued a permit in 2017. Environmentalists argue that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers did not examine the potential route for oil spills and other environmental damages when it approved the TransCanada plans. Judge Morris blocked construction by issuing a permanent injunction against the project. However, on June 7, 2019, the appeals court lifted the injunction.
According to Keystone-XL.com:
The Keystone XL project is a 36-inch-diameter crude oil pipeline, beginning in Hardisty, Alberta, and extending south to Steele City, Nebraska. This pipeline is a critical infrastructure project for the economic strength and energy security of the United States. Enhanced standards, powerful technology and independent reviews will ensure that Keystone XL is built and operated to uphold our fundamental commitment to safety and the communities we serve.
The pipeline would cross waterways from Hardesty, Canada, to southern Nebraska. See Keystone XL route maps here.
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