Court lifts block on Keystone XL pipeline construction, but 2019 season lost

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A Montana appeals court has lifted a judge's injunction that blocked construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

However, project owner TC Energy previously said it is too late to begin work this year.

The company confirmed this on Friday, according to the Financial Post.

In Montana, a three-judge appeals panel ordered the lawsuit by environmental and Native American groups dismissed because President Donald Trump had revoked a 2017 permit allowing the $8 billion pipeline to be built.

Trump issued a new permit to take its place, which Justice Department attorneys say makes the legal challenge over the pipeline's environmental effects moot.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs accuse Trump of trying to skirt the law and they have filed another, ongoing lawsuit to block the new presidential permit.

© 2019 The Canadian Press, updated by JWN

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