A Montana federal judge has temporarily stayed construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in a decision made Thursday.
The court is requiring the Trump administration to further research and document the pipeline’s impact on the surrounding environment and on climate change in general.
If constructed, the pipeline would carry oil from Canada’s tar sands to the Gulf of Mexico, which has already been terribly polluted by a number of oil spills over the years, including a 14-year-old spill that continues to leak into the Gulf to this day.
President Barack Obama had halted construction of the pipeline in the wake of massive public opposition, but Trump immediately reversed the decision once he entered office.
“The Trump administration tried to force this dirty pipeline project on the American people, but they can’t ignore the threats it would pose to our clean water, our climate, and our communities.” — Doug Hayes, attorney for Sierra Club
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