GREAT FALLS, Mont. – The $ 10 billion TransCanada pipeline project, Keystone XL, suffered another hurdle after a US federal judge blocked his construction to allow more time to study the potential environmental impact.
The Great Falls Tribune reports Brian Morris district judge on Thursday when the Calgary energy giant was preparing to build the first stages of the Montana North Pipeline.
Indigenous and environmental groups have sued TransCanada and the US Department of State after the Nebraska authorities have approved an alternative way to TransCanada's proposed state.
The groups claimed that the U.S. Department of State has violated several acts in issuing a presidential permit for the pipeline without a proper environmental assessment of the modified route.
Morris said on Thursday that the government's analysis did not fully study the cumulative effects of greenhouse gas emissions, the effects of current oil prices on pipeline viability, or include the up-to-date modeling of potential oil spills.
The proposed 1,897-mile pipeline would be transported from Hardisty, Alta to Steel City, Neb.
Two other export pipelines, the extension of the TransMountain pipeline sold to the federal government and the replacement of Enbridge Inc.'s line 3 pipeline, are also confronted with uncertainty.
– With files from The Canadian Press