Environmental groups launch legal challenge against Keystone XL pipeline

  • Environmental groups launch legal challenge against Keystone XL pipeline

Environmental groups launch legal challenge against Keystone XL pipeline

"This arrogant administration wants to ram this massive pipeline through with zero consideration of oil-spill risks or the enormous harm Keystone will do to endangered wildlife". "I don't want them to be discounted".

Environmental groups argued that the U.S. state department, which granted the permit required for the pipeline to cross the Canadian border, relied on an "outdated and incomplete environmental impact statement" when making its decision earlier this month.

A coalition of environmental groups challenged the federal permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline in court on Thursday because they say additional environmental scrutiny is needed. President Obama blocked this project for a long time, but now Trump could potentially...

Environmental activists are also gearing up for a fight, with Bold Nebraska, 305.org, the Sierra Club and the National Resources Defense Council declaring they will file legal challenges.

"We were disappointed, however, when we learned that your administration would exempt the Keystone XL pipeline project from this Buy American policy", the letter added.

Tom Goldtooth, director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, one of the groups challenging the permit, said President Trump is breaking "established environmental laws" and treaties with Native Americans in his attempt to push the pipeline through.

But four days after his inauguration in January, President Donald Trump issued a presidential memorandum on the pipeline and invited TransCanada to resubmit the application for the pipeline's construction and operation.

On his fourth day in office, he signed an order directing the State Department to reconsider Keystone developer TransCanada's application for a permit allowing the pipeline to cross the border.

Their lawsuit says that review minimises or ignores significant environmental impacts of Keystone XL, which will carry a particularly dirty type of crude oil, "including harm to land, air, water, and wildlife".

TransCanada now turns its attention to Nebraska after receiving a presidential permit to complete the Keystone XL oil pipeline. TransCanada has announced that more than half of the steel used in the construction of the pipeline will come from US steel producers.

Supporters, including Trump, say the pipeline will foster USA energy independence and will create jobs.

In an open strategy session on Monday night, those on the call stressed that most energy insiders never thought resistance to Keystone- which would carry oil from the tar sands of Alberta across the midwestern US into Texas -would last long enough to stop it from being built well into 2017.

"The Keystone XL pipeline is nothing more than a dirty and unsafe proposal that's time has passed", Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune said in a statement. Trump hailed it as a "historic moment for North America and energy independence".

"People have a right to write to us and for that to get to us", Commissioner Crystal Rhoades said. The governor, however, has no role in the process, as the decision instead falls to Nebraska's independent Public Service Commission.