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US court halts construction of Keystone XL oil pipeline

AFP  |  Washington 

A on Thursday halted construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, arguing that had failed to adequately explain why it had lifted a ban on the project.

The ruling by of the US District Court for the District of dealt a stinging setback to Trump and the and served up a big win for conservationists and indigenous groups.

Trump granted a permit for the conduit meant to stretch from to shortly after taking office. He said it would create jobs and spur development of infrastructure.

The administration overturned a ruling by the in 2015 that denied a permit for the pipeline, largely on environmental grounds.

Thursday's ruling is temporary, and requires the government to do a more thorough review of how the project might affect the climate, cultural resources and wildlife.

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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 12:30 IST