U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris in Great Falls Montana just handed a major setback to the Canadian oil and gas industry by putting a stop to the Keystone XL pipeline.
The judge, appointed by Obama in 2013, has just sent the cross-border pipeline back for yet another environmental impact review after ruling in favour of environmental groups in their lawsuit against the pipeline.
The judge's ruling bars both Trans Canada and the United States from engaging in any furtherance of the construction or operation of Keystone and associated facilities.
The ruling caused oil patch stocks to tumble here in Canada.
“It was a political decision made by a judge. I think it’s a disgrace.”
Environmental NGOs are celebrating the decision.
“The Trump administration tried to force this dirty pipeline project on the American people, but they can’t ignore the threats it would pose to our clean water, our climate, and our communities,” said the Sierra Club, one of the environmental groups involved in the Montana lawsuit.
In 2010, as an MLA, Notley was the keynote speaker at an event co-organized by the Sierra Club and Greenpeace to protest oil sands development.
Rachel Notley has never denounced the Sierra Club or their lawfare tactics to block Alberta jobs and has allied herself with the Democrat Party enemies of the Canadian economy.