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.
The ruling revokes the water-crossing permit needed to complete construction of the pipeline, and is expected to cause major delays to the divisive project.