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Montana federal judge sends Keystone XL back to environmental review

Staff Writer | August 21, 2018
A federal judge in Montana has ordered the U.S. State Department to do a full environmental review of a revised route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, possibly delaying the project further.
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America   TransCanada is reviewing the decision
For more than a decade, environmentalists and native American groups have fought the $8-billion 1,900-km pipeline that will carry heavy crude from the Alberta oil sands to southern Nebraska.

Last year, Nebraska regulators approved an alternative route for the pipeline, which will cost TransCanada millions of dollars more than the original path.

U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris ordered the review of the revised route through Nebraska to supplement one the State Department carried out on the original path in 2014.

TransCanada is reviewing the decision, a spokesman said. The company hopes to start preliminary work in Montana in the coming months and to begin construction in the second quarter of 2019. A final investment decision should be made late this year or in early 2019.