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USJudge removes remaining barrier to Keystone XL construction

20:21  07 june  2019
20:21  07 june  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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Judge removes remaining barrier to Keystone XL construction© Getty Judge removes remaining barrier to Keystone XL construction

A Ninth Circuit Court judge nullified a key barrier to the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, arguing that it no longer applies after the Trump administration replaced the permit earlier this year.

Judge Edward Leavy out of Montana ruled Thursday night in favor of the Trump administration and TransCanada Corporation's motion to dismiss.

The ruling sided with arguments that the old permit for the pipeline, which was replaced by the Trump administration in March, is no longer valid and therefore the injunction associated with it also no longer applies.

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Judge blocks construction of Keystone XL pipeline. Environmental groups sued TransCanada and Judge blocks construction of Keystone XL pipeline. Karl Puckett, Great Falls Tribune Published 8 "We remain committed to building this important energy infrastructure project," said Terry Cunha

“ Keystone XL would devastate species and put communities at risk of contamination. Keystone XL roused a major environmental protest movement during Barack Obama’s presidency, leading to arrests outside the White House and promises by activists to harass construction along the pipeline’s route.

The action hands a victory to the Trump administration, which has long fought to finish construction of the international pipeline. It also opens up the door to restarting construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which was halted in courts last fall in part due to failure to properly account for the cumulative impacts of greenhouse gases from the construction.

Trump in May signed a presidential permit as a way to jump-start the delayed construction of the 1,179-mile pipeline. The order superseded a March 2017 order.

"For the avoidance of doubt, I hereby revoke that March 23, 2017, permit," Trump wrote in the order.

A White House spokesperson told The Hill at the time that the new permit "dispels any uncertainty."

"Specifically, this permit reinforces, as should have been clear all along, that the Presidential Permit is indeed an exercise of Presidential authority - that is not subject to judicial review under the Administrative Procedure Act," the spokesperson said.

The pipeline has been a lightning rod in national energy policy for much of a decade since its proposal by TransCanada.

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