Judge blocks pipe­line per­mit, or­ders new re­view

The News & Observer - - Business - BY MATTHEW DALY

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 con­duct a new 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 half­dozen 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.

The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion has not said whether it would ap­peal the new rul­ing. The State De­part­ment said it was re­view­ing the de­ci­sion but de­clined fur­ther com­ment, cit­ing on­go­ing lit­i­ga­tion.

The pipe­line was first pro­posed by Cal­gar­y­based Tran­sCanada in 2008.

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