Politics: Pipeline Permit Off Again, On Again

Dec 29, 2019

In photo at left, President Barack Obama announces he will not permit the KXL pipeline. At right, President Donald Trump grants the permit.
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A federal judge in Montana has denied requests from President Donald Trump and other federal agencies to dismiss lawsuits against them for permitting the Keystone XL pipeline.

The actions were filed by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Fort Belknap Indian Community, Indigenous Environmental Network, and North Coast Rivers Alliance.

Judge Brian Morris issued his ruling just before Christmas. He says, in part, that it's up to Congress, not just presidents, to regulate commerce with foreign nations. And he says it's up to the courts to figure it out.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks reports.