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U.S. Judge Orders Keystone XL Environmental Review in New Setback

(Timothy Gardner – Reuters)

A federal judge in Montana on Wednesday ordered the U.S. State Department to conduct a full environmental review of a revised route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, possibly delaying the project’s construction and dealing the latest setback for Canada’s TransCanada Corp.

For more than a decade, environmentalists, tribal groups and ranchers have fought the US$8-billion, 1,900-km pipeline that will carry heavy crude to Steele City, Neb., from Canada’s oil sands in Alberta.

U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris ruled for the Indigenous Environmental Network and other plaintiffs, ordering the review of a revised pipeline route through Nebraska to supplement one the department undertook for the original path in 2014. Click here to read more.