Skip to comments.Judge removes remaining barrier to Keystone XL construction
Posted on 06/07/2019 9:49:04 AM PDT by jazusamo
A Ninth Circuit Court judge nullified a key barrier to the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, arguing that it no longer applies after the Trump administration replaced the permit earlier this year.
Judge Edward Leavy out of Montana ruled Thursday night in favor of the Trump administration and TransCanada Corporations motion to dismiss.
The ruling sided with arguments that the old permit for the pipeline, which was replaced by the Trump administration in March, is no longer valid and therefore the injunction associated with it also no longer applies.
The action hands a victory to the Trump administration, which has long fought to finish construction of the international pipeline. It also opens up the door to restarting construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which was halted in courts last fall in part due to failure to properly account for the cumulative impacts of greenhouse gases from the construction. Trump in May signed a presidential permit as a way to jump-start the delayed construction of the 1,179-mile pipeline. The order superseded a March 2017 order.
For the avoidance of doubt, I hereby revoke that March 23, 2017, permit, Trump wrote in the order.
A White House spokesperson told The Hill at the time that the new permit "dispels any uncertainty."
"Specifically, this permit reinforces, as should have been clear all along, that the Presidential Permit is indeed an exercise of Presidential authority - that is not subject to judicial review under the Administrative Procedure Act," the spokesperson said.
The pipeline has been a lightning rod in national energy policy for much of a decade since its proposal by TransCanada.
Senior Judge Edward Leavy is a judge appointed by President Ronald Reagan.
More imports from Canada to increase our trade deficit.
Haven’t been following closely but this seems like a big deal.
The US exports oil as well. Not only that, some of that oil from Canada would probably have made it into the US anyway, so this is sort of a push > IMO.
Maybe, imports from Canada might be reducing our imports from less friendly countries.
In any event it's energy which is a key component of the economy.
Excellent! Now get it built. Fast! Theres been too much delay already.
It means jobs, not only on the pipeline but refinery jobs on TX gulf.
It doesn’t hurt to have access to more strategic assets.
If we import more oil from Canada, it essentially makes it more likely we can export more oil than we are now.
I think the pipeline is a good thing. It’s a resource in our neighborhood.
There may come a time when during a conflict, petroleum might become a more scarce commodity. I like at it as a safety valve, and that’s a good thing.
I agree and believe a good portion of this will be exported.
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...like at it... > ...look at it...
I’d like to blame auto correct on that one. Smile...
Damned auto correct, it just a pain. :^)
Yeah, but it saves my ass too.
It’s a mixed blessing to be sure, and this one was on me. Auto correct wasn’t involved.
Still, when it does screw up, it is a pain.
More crude from Canada to increase our refinery business and GDP.
There. Fixed it.
New permit, new round of court challenges coming. There are plenty of Øbama judges out there to throw a spanner in the works. Øbama judges, CJ Roberts; as predictable as the rain. This was but a technicality.
Import it, export it, drill here, drill there, on a boat, in a truck, via rail, or piping along, the more the better. Anything that increases supply and lowers the shipping costs of oil is a great thing for the US.
increase our refinery business...
IIRC BP spent billions to prepare the Whiting In. site for tar sands crude.
The problem now is a skilled labor shortage for pipeline crews.
I met a pipeline welder that made over $200,000 (gross) !!!! Yes many, many hours.
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