Supreme Court Won’t Block Ruling to Halt Work on Keystone XL Pipeline, New York Times ($)

But the justices stayed the rest of a federal trial judge’s ruling striking down a permit program, allowing construction of other pipelines around the nation.

By Adam Liptak • Published July 6, 2020 | Updated Jan. 18, 2021

A spill in November from the Keystone pipeline in Walsh County, N.D.
A spill in November from the Keystone pipeline in Walsh County, N.D. (Credit: Drone Base/Reuters)

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a request from the Trump administration to allow construction of parts of the Keystone XL oil pipeline that had been blocked by a federal judge in Montana. But the court temporarily revived a permit program that would let other oil and gas pipelines cross waterways after only modest scrutiny from regulators.

The court’s brief, unsigned order gave no reasons, which is typical when the justices rule on emergency applications, and it said it would last while appeals moved forward. There were no noted dissents. MORE>>


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