(Neb)-Opponents File Suit Challenging New Keystone XL Permit
BILLINGS, MT. (AP) - Opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline have filed a lawsuit challenging the new permit issued earlier this year by President Trump for the $8-billion dollar project. Attorneys for several environmental groups also asked U.S. District Judge Brian Morris in Montana to halt work on the pipeline.
President Obama denied permits for pipeline developer TC Energy, known before this year as TransCanada, but President Trump reversed the decision shortly after taking office in 2017.
Opponents challenged the permit, arguing the federal government had failed to fully consider the impact on the environment of both the pipeline and the crude oil it would carry.
Judge Morris agreed last year and blocked construction until a more in-depth environmental study was done, an action upheld on a appeal, but President Trump withdrew the permit in March and issued a new one.
The move led Judge Morris to rule that his order blocking construction did not apply to the new permit. Government lawyers have argued since then that the new permit is not subject to environmental laws.
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