Pipeline builder asks judge to allow pre-construction work

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HELENA, MT., TransCanada attorneys will be arguing to continue preparations for construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline after a Montana Judge put things to a halt.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris blocked the TransCanada permit to build the pipeline on November 8th, ruling that the Trump administration had not fully considered the environmental effects the pipeline could have and ordered a new review.

Attorneys of TransCanada hope to persuade the judge, Wednesday, that he should clarify or amend his ruling to say the injunction does not apply to activities such as finalizing contracts, purchasing materials, conducting land surveys and discussing federal permits.

The pipeline would run from Alberta's oil sands to ship oil through half a dozen U.S. states to the Gulf of Mexico.

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