Judge Rules Against Trump Admin, Blocks Work on Keystone Pipeline

November 13, 2018
Pipeline construction.

Judge Brian Morris of the District Court for the District of Montana blocked the construction of the 1,179-mile Keystone XL oil pipeline on Thursday. According to The Hill, Morris ruled the Trump administration's approval of the project “incomplete,” overturning the president’s permit for the Canada-to-Texas pipeline—a permit he signed after taking office last year.

The ruling faulted the Trump administration for reversing President Obama’s 2015 denial of the pipeline permit without explanation. The administration argued that federal courts did not have the right to review Trump’s approval, saying it “extended from his constitutional authority over border crossings.” This argument was rejected by the court.

Morris said that the State Department, the agency that analyzed the project, did not account for factors such as low oil prices, greenhouse gases, and the risk of oil spills. He also said the department didn’t justify its switch from rejecting the pipeline in 2015 under Obama to approving it in 2017 under Trump.

According to The Hill, Trump called the ruling a “political decision” and a “disgrace.”

Source: The Hill