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Block on construction of Canada-US Keystone XL oil pipeline lifted

Construction on the pipeline is, however, not scheduled to resume in the US this year, developer TC Energy reportedly confirms

Construction on the Canada-US Keystone XL pipeline could resume.
Construction on the Canada-US Keystone XL pipeline could resume.

An American appeals court has lifted an injuction that blocked the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, an $8bn project between Alberta and Nebdraska that would ship up to 830,000 barrels of crude oil every day from Canada to the US.

A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the dismissal of the lawsuit from environmental groups – such as the Indigenous Environmental Network and the North Coast Rivers Alliance – and Native American groups, with the move effectively serving in favour of the 1,897km pipeline’s developer, TC Energy, formerly known as Trans Canada Corporation.

According to American news outlet The Hill, the ruling “opens up the door to restarting” construction of the pipeline, which was halted in November 2018 by the courts, partly due to the project team's failure to account for the cumulative impacts of greenhouse gases from its construction.

The ruling comes after US President Donald Trump signed an executive order authorising the construction of the pipeline on 29 March.

Local daily Financial Post said TC Energy's spokesperson, Matthew John, had confirmed that construction was not likely to resume in America this year. 

“There will be no mainline construction in 2019 in the US,” according to the report. 

Financial Post added that TC Energy was "still awaiting a decision from the Nebraska Supreme Court over whether its permits to build the pipeline through the state are valid".

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