US judge rejects bid to kill Keystone pipeline lawsuits
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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