USA Today article The $3.8 billion Keystone XL oil pipeline that will transport oil from Canada to Texas and other states was designed to carry up to 570,000 barrels of crude per day (bpd) a day.
Its construction date has been pushed back to December 2020.
The original pipeline, a section of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), was built by Energy Transfer Partners, an American energy company.
The company had been given the $3 billion to begin construction in 2019, but was then delayed by a lawsuit by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
The lawsuit was dismissed last year, but the court ordered the company to make certain improvements, including having a better pipeline network and more pipeline inspectors.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that it was unconstitutional for the federal government to prevent DAPL from moving oil from Alberta, Canada, to refineries along the Gulf Coast.
Now the U.K.’s High Court is asking a judge to overturn the decision, arguing that it “seems to ignore all the facts and all the relevant evidence in the public interest.”
“The Supreme Court has ruled that we can do what we want to do and that we should do it and we should be able to do it.
We should have the right to do what is necessary to ensure that we’re not harming people and that’s the law,” said Michael Barrett, the president of Energy Transitions, a public policy group that is challenging the court’s ruling.
The case was brought by a group of environmental and Native American groups, including the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, which said the pipeline would destroy a sacred burial ground, as well as thousands of acres of sacred land and sacred cultural sites.
“The pipeline’s construction will threaten sacred sites, wetlands, water supplies, and public health, including endangered species,” the group wrote in a letter to the court.
The pipeline has already become a flashpoint in North Dakota and other North Dakota state courts.
A judge in Texas on Wednesday ordered the construction of a temporary wall along part of the pipeline to protect it from protesters, after a court in North Carolina granted the easement.
“It is not acceptable for landowners to have their property invaded or destroyed by pipeline protesters,” said John Dankoski, a lawyer for the Standing River Sioux Tribe.