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U.S. court halts construction of Keystone XL oil pipeline

WASHINGTON DC, USA – A federal judge on Thursday, November 8, halted construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, arguing that President Donald Trump s administration had failed to adequately explain why it had lifted a ban on the project. The ruling by Judge Brian Morris of the US District Court for the District of Montana dealt a stinging setback to Trump and the oil industry and served up a big win for conservationists and indigenous groups. Trump granted a permit for the conduit meant to stretch from Canada to Texas shortly after taking office. He said it would create jobs and spur development of infrastructure. The administration overturned a ruling by the Obama administration in 2015 that denied a permit for the pipeline, largely on environmental grounds. Thursday s ruling is temporary, and requires the government to do a more thorough review of how the project might affect the climate, cultural resources and wildlife. – 

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