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As per the custom of huge corporation bullies, TC Energy is lacking  permits but has already started construction on this segment of the pipeline, and is continuing in spite of the ruling against the Army Corps.   Yesterday, April 16, the same judge, Brian Morris, was to rule on a request for an injunction to stop further work on the pipeline until all permits were acquired.   We have been unable to find the ruling on this challenge as of this writing.

This permit denial is crucial and may have far-reaching consequences.  This pipeline is destined to cross tribal lands and hundreds of streams, rivers and waterways through Montana and South Dakota on its way to southeastern Nebraska, so the Army Corps must be on board.

Late Wednesday, Morris handed another setback to TC Energy with a ruling that invalidated a key U.S. Army Corps of Engineers clean water permit. The so-called nationwide permit applied to a broad range of projects including Keystone XL, and is needed to so the pipeline can cross rivers, streams and other waterways.

Keystone XL would have hundreds of those crossings along its 1,200-mile (1,930 kilometer) route from Hardisty, Alberta to Steele City, Nebraska. It would carry up to 830,000 barrels (35 million gallons) of crude daily and opponents say a spill is inevitable.
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See our recent post regarding the Keystone boondoggle where construction has already started in Montana.

Read the entire article here in Ecowatch.

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Judge Tosses Major Keystone XL Permit


Keystone XL pipes for construction in Swanton, Nebraska on Aug. 13, 2009. shannonpatrick17 / CC BY 2.0

A federal judge delivered a win to endangered species and a blow to the controversial Keystone XL pipeline on Wednesday when he tossed a crucial permit it needed to cross hundreds of rivers and streams.

The ruling marks yet another setback for the 1,200 mile-long fossil fuel project that was first proposed in 2008 but canceled twice during the Obama administration over climate concerns before President Donald Trump resuscitated it in the early days of his administration, The Associated Press Reported.

“The court has rightfully ruled against the Trump administration’s efforts to fast track this nasty pipeline at any cost,” Tamara Toles O’Laughlin of environmental group said in a statement reported by The Guardian. “We won’t allow fossil fuel corporations and backdoor politicians to violate the laws that protect people and the planet.”

Chief U.S. District Judge Brian Morris ruled in Montana in favor of a coalition of green groups including the Sierra Club, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) who brought the suit challenging the permit last year, HuffPost reported.

He found that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers did not consider how a 2017 water crossing permit would impact endangered species like pallid sturgeon.

While the decision comes less than two weeks after pipeline construction started on the U.S. / Canada border in Montana, it won’t immediately halt that construction, The Associated Press reported. However, it could cause major delays going forward.

Pipeline owner TC Energy said it would review the decision but pledged to move ahead….

Correction: This article previously stated that tribal communities were concerned over construction workers bringing the new coronavirus to rural communities. It has been revised to reflect the communities’ concerns over possible transmission from workers in general.

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