Construction of Keystone XL pipeline must halt

Construction of Keystone XL pipeline must halt
Keystone XL pipeline: Judge halts construction and says Trump administration 'simply discarded' environmental impact.

A federal judge has ordered that construction on the Keystone XL pipeline should be halted immediately, earning a rebuke from Donald Trump over a project that had been key to his economic programme.

The judge ruled that the government did not do the necessary environmental assessment before beginning construction. US District Court Judge Brian Morris wrote that a State Department environmental analysis of Keystone XL “fell short of a 'hard look'” at the cumulative effects of greenhouse gas emissions and the impact on Native American land resources.

The Keystone XL pipeline has been a matter of contention between the Trump administration and environmental groups, resulting in protests around the country. In 2016, protests over the pipeline even became a national movement among Native Americans.