Sunday, December 22, 2019

Judge blocks attempt to dismiss Keystone XL lawsuit

A U.S. judge rejected motions filed by Calgary-based TC Energy and the Trump administration to dismiss a lawsuit which aims to block the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. the Obama administration rejected the project in 2015, but Trump reversed that decision in March 2017. A 2018 ruling by Morris found the project's environmental impact statement fell short of regulatory standards, so in 2019 Trump reissued a presidential permit in a bid to circumvent that court ruling. In the latest ruling, the request for a preliminary injunction was denied.

The 1,897-km pipeline would carry 830k barrels of crude a day from Hardisty, Alberta to Nebraska. Keystone recently reopened after 9,120 barrels of oil were spilled in North Dakota.