OIL: Judge or­ders new re­view of Key­stone XL pipe­line

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - Business -

In a set­back for the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion, a fed­eral judge has blocked a per­mit for con­struc­tion of the Key­stone XL oil pipe­line from Canada and or­dered of­fi­cials to com­plete an en­vi­ron­men­tal re­view. En­vi­ron­men­tal­ists and tribal groups cheered the rul­ing by a U.S. district judge in Mon­tana, while Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump called it “a po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sion” and “a dis­grace.” The 1,184-mile 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 put a hold on the project late Thurs­day, rul­ing that the State De­part­ment had not fully con­sid­ered po­ten­tial oil spills and other im­pacts as re­quired by fed­eral law.

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Pipes for the Key­stone XL pipe­line lie in a field in Gas­coyne, North Dakota, in 2013.

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