Earlier this week, conservation and landowner groups joined together and filed a lawsuit against the federal government’s attempts to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.
At the beginning of July, a federal judge had rejected a permit, which would have allowed the construction of Keystone XL. This ruling delayed the project further as the pipeline continues to face legal obstacles and major push back from environmentalists and green groups alike.
The permit that was rejected, Permit 12, which was important for water crossing permissions.
But the fight to completely block the Keystone Pipeline continues: “The Keystone XL project was never in the public interest, and the administration continues to flout key environmental laws to promote this dirty and dangerous pipeline. The project would be devastating for the people and wildlife in its path, and regulators have repeatedly failed to fully address its environmental risks, including from oil spills,” says Center for Biological Diversity senior attorney Jared Margolis.
This particular lawsuit challenges approval of the pipeline’s path across 44 miles of federal land in Montana by the Bureau of Land Management and Fish and Wildlife Service, charging that the agencies did not follow federal land management statutes, reports Common Dreams.
“The Trump administration keeps trying to fast-track and rubber-stamp the boondoggle Keystone XL pipeline project, but they keep losing ‘bigly’ every time we take them to court. We will never back down after 10 years of standing together to protect farmers’ and ranchers’ livelihoods and our clean water, beloved endangered species like the whooping crane in Nebraska, and a livable climate for our grandchildren” states Bold Alliance founder Jane Kleeb.