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Pipeline Groups Respond to Montana Judge’s Keystone XL Decision


The American Petroleum Institute (API) and the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) offered their responses to U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris’ ruling blocking President Donald Trump’s permit to complete the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Morris, a judge in the United States District Court for Montana, issued the order on Nov. 8. You can read the order here via Justia: Indigenous Environmental Network et al v. United States Department of State et al

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“Every review of Keystone XL, including those by the Obama administration, has found pipelines are the safest and most environmentally protective way to move the energy we need and I have no doubt further review will find the same,” said Andrew Black, AOPL president and CEO.

In March 2017, the U.S. Department of State has signed and issued a Presidential Permit to construct the Keystone XL Pipeline.

“Pipelines like KXL are the backbone of our nation’s energy infrastructure and one of the most environmentally sound ways to transport the fuel and petroleum products that power America every single day,” said Robin Rorick, vice president of midstream and industry operations, API. ““In the more than ten years since Keystone XL was proposed, the pipeline has passed every environmental review conducted for it. In fact, a total of six assessments by both the Obama and Trump administrations concluded that KXL is safe to build. Calls to conduct identical environmental reviews makes no sense and are a waste of tax dollars. A decade of Keystone delays needs to end now.”





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