Keystone XL Pipeline Construction Blocked by Federal Judge

A federal judge in Montana on Thursday blocked construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to allow the State Department to provide a fuller explanation of how the 1,184-mile project would certainly affect the environment.

The judge, Brian M. Morris of the District of Montana, criticized the Trump administration for its failure to provide a “reasoned explanation” for its position about the pipeline’s impact on the climate. Construction could have begun as early as next year.

“The Department instead simply discarded prior factual findings related to climate change to support its course reversal,” Judge Morris wrote in his decision.

Environmental as well as Native American groups of which have fought the pipeline called Judge Morris’s ruling a major victory as well as a setback for the Trump administration’s environmental as well as energy policies.

“The Trump administration tried to force of which dirty pipeline project on the American people, nevertheless they can’t ignore the threats of which would certainly pose to our clean water, our climate as well as our communities,” said Doug Hayes, an attorney for the Sierra Club, one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed by environmentalist groups against the State Department as well as TransCanada.