Controversial Keystone XL pipeline gets green light from Trump

"The #KeystoneXL tar sands pipeline was a bad idea from Day One and it remains a terrible idea today."

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TransCanada could soon begin construction of the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline. Donald Trump issued the pipeline company a new presidential permit yesterday after his initial permit for the pipeline, dating back to March 23, 2017, “was invalidated by a Montana Federal judge in November,” The Hill reported.

The presidential permit gives authority “to construct, connect, operate, and maintain pipeline facilities at the international border of the United States and Canada at Phillips County, Montana, for the import of oil from Canada to the United States.”

“Trump issuing another #KeystoneXL permit to try to get around a court order quashing his first one is like a child going to the second parent when their first parent says no to more ice cream,” David Turnbull, strategic communications director at Oil Change International, said in a tweet.

In the most recent lawsuit filed in December, Judge Brian Morris of the federal District Court for the District of Montana “rejected TransCanada Corp.’s request Friday to complete various ‘preconstruction,'” The Hill reported.

“The irreparable injury threatened by the … preconstruction activities go beyond merely the ground-disturbing injuries alleged by plaintiffs,” Morris, said in his order.

“The #KeystoneXL tar sands pipeline was a bad idea from Day One and it remains a terrible idea today,” the National Resources Defense Council said in a tweet.

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