U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris in Montana declared yesterday that the federal government had not completed a proper review of the Keystone Pipeline before ordering a halt to construction. Morris, an Obama appointee, declared that the administration had not properly accessed the effect of the pipeline on “global warming, the risk of oil spills and worldwide oil prices.”
The ruling is a victory for environmentalists, tribal groups and ranchers who have spent more than a decade fighting against construction of the pipeline that will carry heavy crude to Steele City, Nebraska, from Canada’s oilsands [SIC] in Alberta.
This delay and others are costing Canada upwards of $10.7 billion this year alone, due to the expense of utilizing the less safe tanker cars to move their product to market in The United States. The Canadians don’t eat that extra cost, we the consumers do by having to pay an additional premium on Alberta oil. More