Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Montana Federal Judge Halts Keystone XL Pipeline

Federal Judge Halts Construction Of Keystone XL Pipeline Montana Federal Judge Halts Keystone XL Pipeline
| 10 November, 2018, 08:57

He said the government's analysis did not fully study the cumulative effects of greenhouse gas emissions, the effects of current oil prices on the pipeline's viability or include updated modeling of potential oil spills.

What is the Keystone XL Pipeline?

TransCanada said protective measures make the pipeline safe, but the plaintiffs argue in the suit it threatens their water supply and environment.

The State Department initially denied the permit under the Obama administration citing the potential environmental impact, but shortly after President Donald Trump took office he revived the project and the administration reversed the previous denial and allowed the project to move forward.

The decision highlights a broader legal vulnerability in the Trump administration's push to roll back Obama-era environmental protections.

Thursday, the 9th Circuit Court affirmed a lower court ruling that said Trump can not end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects immigrants who arrived in the United States as children, often called "Dreamers".

"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.

Construction on the USA section was due to begin next year. TransCanada had been staging pipes and clearing vegetation along the route in Canada and the U.S.

"And Judge Morris correctly ruled it was not in the public interest because Secretary [of State John] Kerry had found in a detailed ruling several years ago it was not in the public interest".


Trump, a Republican, said the project would lower consumer fuel prices, create jobs and reduce USA dependence on foreign oil.

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

Each of those options have problems of their own, said Fred Jauss, a Washington, D.C. -based partner with Dorsey & Whitney LLP. The order came as a Canadian energy company prepared to assemble initial stages of the 1,200-mile long, cross-border project.

Alternatively, Republicans could try to pass a law through both houses of Congress to rubber stamp the project, but they'd need to do it before the House of Representatives switches to Democratic control in the New Year. The Trump administration or TransCanada could still appeal the court's ruling to the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Western Canadian Select crude oil is selling at about $18 a barrel as its discount to US benchmark West Texas Intermediate as a lack of pipeline capacity bottlenecks production in Alberta.

In a 54-page order issued late Thursday, Judge Morris alleges the US Department of State committed multiple violations when it approved the construction of the $8 billion, 1,900-kilometer pipeline in 2017.

TransCanada would likely provide more information on how it will deal with Thursday's court ruling at its investor day presentation next week, according to Chris Cox, analyst at Raymond James.

Morris' court order said the administration's use of a 2014 environmental review to justify a presidential permit for construction violated three federal laws - the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act and the Administrative Procedure Act.

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