Federal Court Blocks South Dakota Laws Suppressing Pipeline Protests

A federal court today blocked enforcement of the unconstitutional provisions of several South Dakota laws, including the recently-enacted “Riot Boosting” Act, that threaten activists who encourage or organize protests, particularly protests of the Keystone XL pipeline, with fines, civil liabilities, and/or criminal penalties of up to 25 years in prison.In granting plaintiff’s motion for a …

Opinion: Trump’s decisions to expedite the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines could actually slow them down

Published: Mar 20, 2017 5:28 a.m. ET Cutting regulatory or procedural corners on the oil pipelines increases the risk of successful court challenges and trade disputes President Donald J. Trump’s new actions intended to expedite approval of energy and infrastructure projects were hailed by industry groups and decried by environmentalists. If those actions are implemented …

US built ‘equivalent of 10 Keystones’ since 2010 – report

Critical reaction to President Barack Obama’s blocking of the Keystone XL pipeline from the oil industry amounted to a shrug, perhaps because the US has constructed enough pipeline in the last five years to equal 10 Keystone projects, a new report stated. Keystone XL’s “deliberation process has gone on so long that the market has …

McConnell has a confrontational course in mind

01/05/15 09:20 AM   By Steve Benen The Wall Street Journal reported the other day that the Republican-led Congress plans to quickly take up “legislation approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline,” which President Obama is likely to reject. “Such a move could antagonize Republicans,” the newspaper noted. It’s always fascinating to see the ways …

Obama won’t budge on Keystone ahead of House vote

President Obama would not budge on the Keystone pipeline ahead of a key House vote on Friday, indicating during a press conference that he wants to let a review process run its course even as lawmakers threaten to send a bill fast-tracking the project to his desk. The president spoke during a joint press conference …