Keystone XL Pipeline Ruling Throws Projects Into Chaos
By Juan Carlos Rodriguez (April 16, 2020, 10:12 PM EDT) -- A Montana federal judge's decision to block construction of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline stunned attorneys across the country with its far-reaching impact and set the court on a collision course with the Trump administration, which has vocally opposed such nationwide injunctions.
The permit that U.S. District Judge Brian Morris vacated Wednesday, Nationwide Permit 12, is used by the Army Corps of Engineers to give streamlined approval to many infrastructure projects, from pipelines to telephone wires. And the judge's finding that the permit was not properly evaluated for its impact on endangered and threatened species and their habitats was not...
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