Major blow to Keystone XL pipeline as judge revokes key permit
Campaigners welcomed Wednesday’s ruling as a victory for tribal rights and environmental protection
Nina Lakhani in New York
Thu 16 Apr 2020 02.33 BSTLast modified on Thu 16 Apr 2020 03.18 BST
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A judge has revoked a key permit for the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, in a victory to tribes and environmentalists. Photograph: Nati Harnik/AP
The controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has been dealt a major setback, after a judge revoked a key permit issued by the US Army Corps of Engineers without properly assessing the impact on endangered species.
In a legal challenge brought by a coalition of environmental groups, a federal judge in Montana ordered the Army Corps to suspend all filling and dredging activities until it conducts formal consultations compliant with the Endangered Species Act.