Keystone Pipeline Project Temporarily Halted After Federal Judge Rules Trump Administration Did Not Properly Study Impact
On Thursday November 8, 2018 U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris temporarily halted the Keystone Pipeline project after it was determined the Trump Administration failed to properly study the impact of the project:
Morris wrote in his ruling that a U.S. State Department environmental analysis “fell short of a ‘hard look”‘ at the cumulative effects of greenhouse gas emissions and the impact on Native American land resources. He also ruled the analysis failed to fully review the effects of the current oil price on the pipeline’s viability and did not fully model potential oil spills and offer mitigations measures. In Thursday’s ruling, Morris ordered the government to issue a more thorough environmental analysis before the project can move forward.
Morris also wrote in his ruling that the Trump Administration “simply discarded prior factual findings related to climate change to support its course reversal.”