Montana Federal Judge Brian Morris

Natural Resources Defense Council

A Montana federal court order vacating certain water crossing permits for oil and gas pipelines will stand for now.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a request from the Trump administration, TC Energy, and other energy companies to lift the judge's order pending appeal.

An attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council says that ruling effectively halts Keystone XL pipeline construction.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks reports.


A federal judge in Montana will hear arguments on Sept. 12 on the merits of a lawsuit brought by tribes against President Donald J. Trump.

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe and Fort Belknap Indian Community hold that the president unconstitutionally violated treaties when he issued a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline earlier this year.

TC Energy, formerly TransCanada, filed a motion asking Federal Judge Brian Morris to dismiss the case.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this report.