Judge de­liv­ers lat­est Key­stone XL set­back

Tampa Bay Times - - Nation & World -

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. Trump has touted the $8 bil­lion pipe­line as part of his pledge to achieve North Amer­i­can “en­ergy dom­i­nance” and has con­trasted his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s quick ap­proval of the project with years of de­lay un­der Pres­i­dent Barack Obama.

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