A federal judge has ruled against the Keystone XL pipeline by blocking a permit for the controversial pipeline President Trump supports.
According to The Hill:
A district judge in Montana reportedly ruled Wednesday against the Keystone XL pipeline, canceling a key permit necessary for the project’s construction.
According to The Associated Press, Judge Brian Morris ruled in favor of environmental groups who argued that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to construct the pipeline over rivers did not properly take endangered species into consideration.
The setback for TC Energy, the pipeline’s sponsor, comes just days after construction on the pipeline began near the U.S.-Canada border, the AP noted. Environmental groups celebrated Wednesday’s court victory, with the main group behind the lawsuit calling it a “significant hurdle” the pipeline would face.
“It creates another significant hurdle for the project,” Anthony Swift, of the National Resources Defense Council, told the AP. “Regardless of whether they have the cross border segment … Keystone XL has basically lost all of its Clean Water Act permits for water crossings.”
Construction during the virus outbreak has also drawn criticism from groups who say that construction has the potential to further spread the virus.