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Obama-appointed judge orders halt to construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline

Obama-appointed judge orders halt to construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline

Canadians are hardest hit, especially Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris has just ordered a halt to the construction of the $8 billion Keystone XL Pipeline, the next phase of the massive pipeline system, until further environmental analysis is conducted.

The decision comes as TransCanada is preparing to build the oil pipeline beginning in northern Montana, with pipe being shipped to the state by train and trucked to locations along the line.

TransCanada released a statement Friday saying it is reviewing the judge’s decision.

“We remain committed to building this important energy infrastructure project,” said Terry Cunha, communications manager for TransCanada.

The judicial #Resistance move is not surprising, as Morris is a liberal who was appointed by Obama in 2013.

Interestingly, this move is likely to hurt Canadians more than the U. S. Ensuring at least one pipeline is built is critical to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plans, as there is a Canadian election expected next year. Canadian officials are scrambling to find other ways to move the oil they produce.

I am disappointed in the court’s decision and I will be reaching out to TransCanada later on today to show our support to them and understand what the path forward is for them,” Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi told reporters in Edmonton, Alberta.

Alberta has felt the financial pressure, and an industry source said the provincial government last month solicited proposals from companies on ways to move crude faster by rail. The source said proposals included ideas such as buying rail cars and investing in loading terminals.

“I’ve never seen (the Alberta government) so active on this front,” said the source, who asked not to be identified because the matter is politically sensitive. “That is a shift.”

Trump gave a righteously angry response to a reporter’s question about Michelle Obama’s memoir stating that she no longer feels safe.

It is clear that the condition of the U,S. Military is only one of the many messes from Obama that Trump has had to clean up. The federal judiciary is another.

Thankfully, thanks to Trump’s heroic midterm campaign schedule, he can fix this situation as well. Hopefully, new federal judges will soon flow through the Senate pipeline.

Until the situation is resolved, however, at least we can savor the delicious irony that a liberal judge has hurt Canada’s progressive Prime Minister with this stunt.


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Buffet is going to love having Canada ship all that oil over his rails. Who knows, it may even be safer some years.

Classic !leftist phrase… “We haven’t done enough about/for XXXX”. The task of fundamentally transforming (mutilating) the United States will be an never ever ending mission.

The Left demands perfection …. only if others.

Just be glad they weren’t in charge of the American Revolution, Civil War, and especially WWII with environmental impact studies. Life can and sometimes is necessarily messy and utopia has to be placed on hold.

No, it’s never safer to ship oil by rail, truck, or ship than use a pipeline.

    alaskabob in reply to Arminius. | November 10, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    Unless you own railroad tanker cars. The Dems only defended pipelines through the Ukraine …. by investing in the regime change that Obama (and Hillary) needed.

    MajorWood in reply to Arminius. | November 10, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    They don’t want the oil moved at all. With complex systems, one just needs to place appropriate bottlenecks to shut it all down. It is not a case of either/or, it is a case of “not at all.” Just think about the 1000 ft law for guns around schools. Take every school in your town, draw a 1000 ft circle around it, and then see how safely it is to travel carrying a firearm. If they can block it for 15 seconds or 15 ft, they have essentially blocked it all. The schools would be just as safe with a 100 ft rule, but then that wouldn’t accomplish the real objective. Portland activists have been going after the oil and coal trains for years.

      That’s not entirely correct. Warren Buffett’s railroad is making big bucks shipping oil, and he’ll happily continue to do so no matter what his green friends think.

The ruling itself is temporary — the claim is that certain additional information must be provided.

If this was an honest lawsuit TransCanada would provide the information and construction would go forward. Of course it’s not an honest suit; after TransCanada fixes this one there will be another claim, then another, then another. At some point we’ll have judges who see that for what it is but we’re not there today.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to stevewhitemd. | November 10, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    How much in BRIBES the Judge toook is the only “certain additional information” we really need extra.


At some point we’ll have judges who see that for what it is but we’re not there today

In other words, at some point the plaintiffs will run out of dishonest leftist judges? 😉

regulus arcturus | November 10, 2018 at 2:49 pm

Legal fraud.

Global warming is not a verifiable claim, and is purely speculation.


Bitterlyclinging | November 10, 2018 at 3:07 pm

Law is just politics by another venue
Just another Obama placed land mine that has to be cleared. On Tinian the US armed forces halted until the mine clearing team came in and either exploded or neutralized the device.
Donald Trump may have happened to be elected President in 2016, but the nation’s entire judicial system is taking their orders from Kalorama.

The ruling is as poorly reasoned as those of Judge Watson of Hawaii who claimed to be able to read Trump’s mind and detect animus against Muslims.
In this case, the Feds and Keystone were found to have been unable to convince the court what climate effect the pipeline would have vis a vis CO2 ….on the world…..forever.

The judge agreed the environmental study did not consider CO2 emissions. That argument can be used to shutdown ALL development and industry!

Ignore the order.

The opponents of it will never run out of things they will claim were not done. The goal is to stop the pipeline. The provided excuses are just that, excuses.