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03122018

U.S. to conduct additional Keystone XL pipeline review

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The so-called Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement was appointed by Judge Brian Morris of the US District Court in Montana in his November 8 ruling, which blocked the construction of a pipeline designed to deliver heavy Canadian oil sands to the United States.
Morris said in his ruling that Keystone XL's previous environmental analysis does not match the "hard look” on the cumulative effect of greenhouse gas emissions and the impact on land resources of Native Americans.

A pipeline worth $ 8 billion, which is supported by Canadian oil interests and US refineries, but opposes landowners and environmentalists, has been under review for a decade.

President Donald Trump announced permission for the project shortly after he took office. Former President Barack Obama condemned the construction of the gas pipeline, saying that little would help American consumers and will add greenhouse gases.

TransCanada spokesman Terry Cunha said that after the judge’s decision was announced, the State Department announced an additional review.

Earlier this week, TransCanada asked Morris, a district court judge, to allow him to resume some pre-project activities at the US level, blocked by the original ruling.
Morris’s decision on Thursday gave Calgary, an Alberta-based company permission to resume some pipeline project activities, including project development work and meetings with interested parties.

Cunha said it was not allowed to resume work on field conditions, such as moving pipes and equipment, preparing workplaces for campgrounds or carrying out road upgrades. Morris is going to decide on work after December 5th.

"It’s too early to say what the injunction on the Keystone XL highway will mean, but we are still confident that the project will be built,” Cunha said.



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