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U.S. judge halts construction of Keystone XL oil pipeline

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U.S. judge halts construction of Keystone XL oil pipeline

By Brendan O'Brien



FILE PHOTO: A depot used to store pipes for Transcanada Corp's planned Keystone XL oil pipeline is seen in Gascoyne, North Dakota, January 25, 2017. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester


(Reuters) - A federal judge in Montana halted construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline on Thursday on the grounds that the U.S. government did not complete a full analysis of the environmental impact of the TransCanada Corp (TRP.TO) project.


The ruling deals a major setback for TransCanada Corp and could possibly delay the construction of the $8 billion, 1,180 mile (1,900 km) pipeline.


The ruling is a victory for environmentalists, tribal groups and ranchers who have spent more than a decade fighting against construction of the pipeline that will carry heavy crude to Steele City, Nebraska, from Canada’s oilsands in Alberta.


U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris' ruling late on Thursday came in a lawsuit that several environmental groups filed against the U.S. government in 2017, soon after President Donald Trump announced a presidential permit for the project.


Morris wrote in his ruling that a U.S. State Department environmental analysis "fell short of a 'hard look'" at the cumulative effects of greenhouse gas emissions and the impact on Native American land resources.


He also ruled the analysis failed to fully review the effects of the current oil price on the pipeline's viability and did not fully model potential oil spills and offer mitigations measures.


In Thursday's ruling, Morris ordered the government to issue a more thorough environmental analysis before the project can move forward.


"The Trump administration tried to force this dirty pipeline project on the American people, but they can't ignore the threats it would pose to our clean water, our climate, and our communities," said the Sierra Club, one of the environmental groups involved in the lawsuit.


Trump supported building the pipeline, which was rejected by former President Barack Obama in 2015 on environmental concerns relating to emissions that cause climate change.


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


(Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)

-- © Copyright Reuters 2018-11-09


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6 hours ago, CanuckThai said:

This is more about securing cheap oil, than it is environmental issues.  Canadian oil prices are being pummeled/manipulated by American lobbyists.


 "Brent oil price, considered the global benchmark, has surged above $85 US per barrel. In the U.S., West Texas Intermediate cruised past $75 US. But in Alberta, Western Canada Select is stuck at $35 US per barrel."


Our government (Canadian) has no balls (or ovaries for the pc), nothing to negotiate with, and no one with the acumen to slam the door on oil exports to the US.  Oil terminals on the west coast, would drastically change competitiveness, the pricing shenanigans, and pressure the US behave (a bit).



Come on now, the yanks have their own oil to meet their demand with fracking. Ten years ago we might have had some leverage but that's in the distant past. I think it took a big set of brass ones for Young Justin to nationalize TransMountain. What set us back was that useless Harper not getting a single bloody pipeline to tidewater built while in office. That eunuch's refusal to take on crusty Clarke was what put us in this predicament. Young Justin should get it sorted during his next term. 


Meanwhile my railway shares have done nicely on this news.

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Uh o Donalds gonna have a tantrum

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1 hour ago, blazes said:

Absolute madness.  Only the eco-warrior mob (mostly middle class) living safely in their suburban hideouts all over the US, can afford to "worry" about pipelines in the wide-open spaces of Montana.

As for jobs...let them eat cake...

This pipe line will only create about 30 or 40 jobs after it is built just a red herring thrown at the sheep who believe anything a repukian says. The oil it is suppose to carry is the worst kind that takes special refining because of the impurities in it. Not something any sane man would want pumped across our country. Plenty of jobs being created in the permian basin, hotel  rooms are 400 dollars a night because of demand in the oil fields of texas. That is where they need pipe lines to move the oil out. Do a bit of research about what is really going on

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