Keystone XL blocked at federal court in Montana

Economy | Politics | Markets 11/9/2018, 7:47 AM
Keystone XL blocked at federal court in Montana

The Department of State in Washington DC is responsible for several breaches of rules in granting TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone XL oil project, according to a court order. District Judge Brian Morris of Montana halted the construction of the $8 billion pipeline and cited environmental issues and incomplete documentation.

United States President Donald Trump has reversed at the beginning of his mandate last year the decision by his predecessor Barack Obama to deny the permit. Indigenous groups and organizations which advocate climate change mitigation efforts have organized massive demonstrations, including locations at the planned route. The pipeline is envisaged to be 1,179 miles (1,897 kilometers) and the operator based in Calgary, Alberta, was supposed to start building it soon.

The federal judge said the government should have assessed the cumulative impact of greenhouse gas emissions as well as the economic feasibility and emergency planning for possible oil spills. Keystone XL is Keystone Pipeline System's fourth section, running from Alberta via Montana to Nebraska, which has passed a change in the path of the project.

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