Montana federal judge’s latest order continues to block Keystone XL

US District Judge Brian Morris issued a new ruling allowing TransCanada Corp. to build and use pipe storage and container yards for the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline. But the Feb. 15 order reportedly continues to block construction of worker camps, effectively keeping work from beginning on the project.

Feb 18th, 2019

US District Judge Brian Morris issued a new ruling allowing TransCanada Corp. to build and use pipe storage and container yards for the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline. But the Feb. 15 order reportedly continues to block construction of worker camps, effectively keeping work from beginning on the project.

There was no immediate response from the Calgary oil and gas pipeline company, which is sponsoring the proposed 830,000 b/d, 36-in. heavy crude system from Hardisty, Alta., to Steele City, Neb.

Morris previously vacated a Mar. 23, 2017, US Department of State Record of Decision authorizing Keystone XL’s construction and ordered further environmental reviews (OGJ Online, Nov. 9, 2018). TransCanada said at the time that it remains committed to the project. Officials from the Association of Oil Pipe Lines and American Petroleum Institute separately criticized Morris’s order.

Contact Nick Snow at nicks@pennwell.com.

More in Government
Economics & Markets
MARKET: Oil prices rise on tanker attacks