November 23, 2017
A judge is allowing a lawsuit against the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline to move forward.
On Wednesday, District Judge Brian Morris rejected a request by the Trump Administration for the lawsuit to be thrown out.
The Indigenous Environmental Network, the North Coast River Alliance and other groups including Native American tribes brought the suit over the permit issued by President Trump back in March. The permit allowed the pipeline to cross the U.S.-Canada border.
Opponents, however, say the president’s permit was issued on the basis of older environmental reports, and that new assessments must be made before the pipeline can be formally approved.
Nebraska regulators gave the green light to TransCanda earlier this week to build a stretch of the pipeline through their state
The lawsuit is one of the last hurdles for the pipeline, which President Trump says will lower fuel prices and create thousands of jobs.