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Another Keystone XL setback; environmental review ordered

5 years 1 month 17 hours ago Friday, November 09 2018 Nov 9, 2018 November 09, 2018 7:58 AM November 09, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - Environmentalists are lauding a federal court order that blocks a Trump administration permit for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, pending an environmental review.

The pipeline would begin in Alberta and shuttle as much as 830,000 barrels a day of crude through a half-dozen states to terminals on the Gulf Coast. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris essentially delayed the $8 billion project to study its environmental impact. Environmentalists and Native American groups sued to stop the project, citing property rights and potential oil spills.

Becky Mitchell, chairwoman of the Northern Plains Resource Council, a plaintiff in the case, said that the organization is thrilled with the ruling. TransCanada, which is pushing the project, did not immediately respond to a request for comment early Friday.

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