President Donald Trump issued on Friday a new presidential permit to allow for construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.
“This is a ridiculous attempt by Trump to skirt due process to benefit an oil corporation,” said 350.org executive director May Boeve in a statement.
The permit states that pipeline company TransCanada has the authority “to construct, connect, operate, and maintain pipeline facilities at the international border of the United States and Canada at Phillips County, Montana, for the import of oil from Canada to the United States.” Trump added that the permit he issued for the pipeline on March 23, 2017 was revoked.
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“That permit,” as The Hill reported, “was invalidated by a Montana federal judge in November. The ruling is being appealed in the 9th Circuit.”
“Separately, a December lawsuit placed an injunction on most pre-construction activities,” the outlet added.
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