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Keystone XL runs into another setback as judge orders environmental review

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 9, 2018 8:55 AM
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Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline demonstrate on the Dodge Street pedestrian bridge during rush hour in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris essentially delayed the $8 billion project to study its environmental impact. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

(New York) -- Environmentalists are lauding a federal court order that blocks a Trump administration permit for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, pending an environmental review.

The pipeline would begin in Alberta and shuttle as much as 830,000 barrels a day of crude through a half dozen states to terminals on the Gulf Coast.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris essentially delayed the $8 billion project to study its environmental impact. Environmentalists and Native American groups sued to stop the project, citing property rights and potential oil spills.

Becky Mitchell, chairwoman of the Northern Plains Resource Council, a plaintiff in the case, said that the organization is thrilled with the ruling.

TransCanada, which is pushing the project, did not immediately respond to a request for comment early Friday.

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