US judge rejects bid to kill Keystone pipeline lawsuits

US judge rejects bid to kill Keystone pipeline lawsuits
4 years 5 months 3 weeks ago Friday, December 20 2019 Dec 20, 2019 December 20, 2019 6:41 PM December 20, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A U.S. judge says environmentalists and Native Americans can proceed with lawsuits challenging President Donald Trump’s approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada.

In a Friday ruling, U.S. District Judge Brian Morris expressed skepticism over government arguments that Trump has unilateral authority to approve the $8 billion pipeline.

But Morris denied a request for a court injunction to prohibit preliminary work on the pipeline, since no such work is planned until spring 2020.

Morris had blocked the project last year, prompting Trump to issue a new permit in March in an attempt to circumvent the courts.

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