A federal judge in Montana has blocked construction of the $8-billion Keystone XL pipeline to allow more time to study the project’s potential environmental impact.
The Great Falls Tribune reports U.S. District Judge Brian Morris’ order on Thursday came as Calgary-based TransCanada was preparing to build the first stages of the oil pipeline in northern Montana.
Environmental groups had sued TransCanada and the U.S. Department of State in federal court in Great Falls.
In August, Morris ruled that the State Department was obligated to “analyze new information relevant to the environmental impacts of its decision” to issue a permit for the pipeline last year.
Stephan Volker, who represented the Indigenous Environmental Network called the order a win.
The 1,897-kilometre pipeline would transport up to 830,000 barrels of crude a day from Alberta and Montana to facilities in Nebraska.
Source: Canadian Press/CBC