(Mont)-Judge Allows TransCanada To Continue Keystone XL Pre-Construction
BILLINGS, Mt. (AP) - A Montana judge has granted a request by TransCanada that will allow the Canadian company to continue preliminary work on the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline while his order blocking actual construction is challenged.
U.S. District Judge Brian Morris said Wednesday he will clarify his Nov. 8 injunction to allow TransCanada to conduct engineering and planning activities, confirm shipper contracts, meet with different groups, and acquire equipment, permits and land rights.
TransCanada said it wants to keep that preliminary work on schedule that that it can be prepared to start pipeline construction as early as mid-February, if Morris' injunction is overturned.
Morris blocked the company's permit and ordered a new environmental review, finding that the Trump administration had not fully considered all the environmental and economic effects of the pipeline.
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