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Sev­eral U.S. en­vi­ron­men­tal groups filed law­suits against the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion on Thurs­day to chal­lenge its de­ci­sion to ap­prove con­struc­tion of Tran­sCanada Corp.’s con­tro­ver­sial Keystone XL crude oil pipe­line. In two sep­a­rate fil­ings to a fed­eral court in Mon­tana, en­vi­ron­men­tal groups ar­gued that the U.S. State Depart­ment, which granted the per­mit needed for the pipe­line to cross the Cana­dian border, re­lied on an “out­dated and in­com­plete en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact state­ment” when mak­ing its de­ci­sion ear­lier this month. By ap­prov­ing the pipe­line with­out pub­lic in­put and an up-to-date en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment, the ad­min­is­tra­tion vi­o­lated the Na­tional En­vi­ron­men­tal Pol­icy Act, groups in­clud­ing the Cen­ter for Bi­o­log­i­cal Di­ver­sity, Sierra Club and the North­ern Plains Re­source Coun­cil said in their le­gal fil­ing. In the other fil­ing, the In­dige­nous En­vi­ron­men­tal Net­work and North Coast Rivers Al­liance sought in­junc­tive re­lief, re­strain­ing Tran­sCanada from tak­ing any ac­tion that would harm the “phys­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment in con­nec­tion with the project pend­ing a full hear­ing on the mer­its.”

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