The Keystone XL pipeline has landed in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. That court has opened five cases stemming from a Montana federal court order issued in November and amended in December and again on Friday, Feb.15. Those orders stop pipeline construction until the U.S. State Department receives an environmental impact statement that conforms with the National Environmental Protection Act, or NEPA.
The Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota and the Fort Belknap Indian Community in Montana have also sued the state department, and they are joining as intervenors on the side of environmentalists in the 9th Circuit appeals.
SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this report.