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U.S. challenges court ruling that blocked major pipeline project


The TransCanada Corp. $8 billion Keystone XL crude pipeline project since inception has faced staunch opposition from environmental groups and landowners and has been blocked.

The U.S. Government has, however, challenged a federal court in Montana’s ruling that blocked the pipeline.

According to Bloomberg, the U.S. State Department and Interior Department on Friday gave formal notice that they’re appealing a series of rulings in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

The project is facing another environmental review after a U.S. judge said the original assessment was inadequate and Trump’s administration is taking all legal means it could to fight for the decade-old project.

If the 1,200-mile (1,900-kilometer) pipeline project sees the light of the day, it would help carry 830,000 barrels of crude a day from Alberta’s oil sands to U.S. Gulf Coast refiners.

The project was axed by former President Barack Obama in 2015 on the same environmental concerns emission concerns but President Trump took it up again.

Source Bloomberg
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