If you follow environmental news, then the phrase “Keystone XL pipeline” is probably something you’ve seen a lot of in the headlines in recent years. And now it’s back in the headlines again, following a Montana judge’s decision to halt one of President Trump’s first acts as president.
For those not familiar with it, the Keystone XL pipeline was first proposed a decade ago as a major oil pipeline to extend from Alberta, Canada far into the Midwest of America, joining a pre-existing pipe. The Keystone XL pipeline has never actually broken ground though, having experienced numerous approvals and rejections that have spanned the last few years. However, that looked to change when one of President Trump’s first executive orders as president was an order to approve the pipeline.
Consequently the decision was met with fierce opposition from environmental activists and Native American tribes, and just last week a federal judge, Judge Brian Morris of the United States District Court for Montana, officially blocked construction. The New York Times tells more:
In saying that no work can go forward until the government more fully reviews the pipeline’s environmental impact, the ruling tees up another potentially contentious legal battle over climate change with a president who dismisses mainstream science and whose administration is also seeking to block a landmark lawsuit on behalf of children asking the government to stop the rise of planet-warming gases.
Environmental groups hailed the decision as a major victory in the long-running battle over Keystone, which has spanned more than a decade and become a symbol of the political battle over climate change. The nearly 1,200-mile pipeline from TransCanada Corp. would carry about 800,000 barrels of petroleum a day from the Canadian oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries.
You can read the full story in the New York Times here.
Meanwhile, see a few more recent environmental articles below.
- Air pollution: everything you should know about a public health emergency (The Guardian)
- Scientists are trying to bottle solar energy and turn it into liquid fuel (NBC News)
- 5 things you do every day that are good for the environment and 5 that are hurting it (Insider)
- Is Warming Bringing a Wave of New Diseases to Arctic Wildlife (Yale)
- New Delhi is once again the most polluted city on Earth (Vox)