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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