Federal Judge Denies Request To Halt Keystone XL Work

A federal judge has denied a request by Native American tribes to halt construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada before a final decision is made on legal challenges based on worries about spills and damage to cultural sites. 

     Work started this spring on the international crossing of the long-stalled pipeline that would carry crude oil from Canada’s tar sand to southeast Nebraska, where it would merge with the existing Keystone pipeline to refineries on the Gulf coast.

       South Dakota’s Rosebud Sioux and 2 tribes from the Fort Belknap Indian Community in Montana are challenging PresidentTrump’s 2019 permit for the project. 

      U-S District Judge Brian Morris says he had “serious questions” about the legal claims being made by the tribes.