Federal Judge Stops Keystone Pipeline Project In Post Mid-Term Blow To Trump


In a huge win for environmentalists and indigenous groups, Judge Brian Morris of the District Court for the District of Montana denied Trump’s argument that he had the right to approve the project without justification, but Morris disagreed. Since President Obama had already nixed the act, Trump had to prove that he had additional information that discredits the reports Obama used to deny the project. Trump did not sufficiently do so, according to Morris.

The justifications originally offered were incomplete. Sierra Club, and environmentalist group, said:

‘A federal judge ruled today that the Trump administration violated bedrock U.S. environmental laws when approving a federal permit for TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline project. The judge blocked any construction on the pipeline and ordered the government to revise its environmental review.’

His failure to do any research or appoint experts to form an argument for building the pipeline helped lose him the case.

‘U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris found that the Trump administration’s reliance on a stale environmental review from 2014 violated the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act and the Administrative Procedure Act. This ruling follows the court’s previous decision, on August 15, 2018, to require additional analysis of the new route through Nebraska.’

Sierra Club Senior Attorney Doug Hayes gave a statement:

‘Today’s ruling makes it clear once and for all that it’s time for TransCanada to give up on their Keystone XL pipe dream. The Trump administration tried to force this dirty pipeline project on the American people, but they can’t ignore the threats it would pose to our clean water, our climate, and our communities.

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