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A United States judge canceled a key permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline in mid-April. The oil pipeline has been heavily disputed over many years and recently received the go-ahead to start construction. The pipeline will run from Nebraska to Canada.
Judge Brian Morris said that the United States Army Corps of Engineers did not consider the pipeline’s effect on endangered species, including the pallid sturgeon. The ruling doesn’t affect work already started in Montana, along the U.S. Canada border.
“The court has rightfully ruled against the Trump administration’s efforts to fast-track this nasty pipeline at any cost. We won’t allow fossil fuel corporations and backdoor politicians to violate the laws that protect people and the planet,” said Tamara Toles O’Laughlin of the environmental group 350.org.
The pipeline will stretch over 1,200 miles when it’s finished and would carry 35 million gallons of crude oil a day to Nebraska. American Indian tribes and environmental groups have numerous lawsuits working through the court system to challenge President Trump’s pipeline approval.
Judith LeBlanc, director of the Native Organizer Alliance, said: “The revoking of the permit is a victory for treaty rights and democracy. Tribal nations have a renewed opportunity to exercise our legal and inherent rights to protect the water of the Missouri river bioregion for all who live, farm and work on the land.”
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