Environmental impact statement
The Trump administration must carry out a valid environmental review before the project can proceed, rules a U.S. District Court judge in Montana.
In the Delaware Riverkeeper v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) case, judges ruled that a continuous pipeline project cannot be segmented into multiple parts to avoid a comprehensive National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review. This is what Kinder Morgan proposed and did for its Northeast Upgrade Project.
Clarification: This article has been updated to clarify that Carbon Tracker's estimate of emissions from Keystone XL-enabled
The pair held a press conference on Wednesday to highlight concerns about the health impacts on communities near extraction
Obama's environmental record is mixed, at best, but Keystone XL offers him an opportunity to lead the world toward eliminating carbon pollution and changing the balance of power in the climate crisis. There would certainly be a high political cost to rejecting the pipeline, but that is not a sufficient excuse for a president who cares about his legacy.
State Department Keystone XL Study Done by Oil Industry-Connected Firm with Big Tobacco, Fracking Ties
Flying in the face of the slew of scientific studies both on the harms of burning tar sands and on the KXL itself, State determined that laying down the pipeline is environmentally sound.