KXL Pipeline Water Permits Remain Vacated

May 12, 2020

Image filed with Montana Federal Court in mid-April, showing pipeline construction crossing US-Canada border. The pipeline crosses no waterways in this stretch, so Corps of Engineers permit isn't needed.
Credit Montana Federal Court

Last month a Montana federal judge shook up the infrastructure industry when he vacated a widely used U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit. This month the judge amended his order to rein in its reach. Now Nationwide Permit 12, or NWP 12, can be used for installation of non-pipeline projects such as cable, electric, and internet. But the judge left in place an injunction against using the permit for building oil and gas pipelines. SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this report.