U.S. District Judge Brian Morris scheduled a hearing for Oct. 9 from environmental organizations suing to stop construction of the $7 billion Keystone XL Pipeline authorized under a new permit from the Trump administration.
“Specifically, this permit reinforces, as should have been clear all along, that the Presidential permit is indeed an exercise of Presidential authority, that is not subject to judicial review under the Administrative Procedure Act,” a White House spokesman said.
The Sierra Club, Northern Plains Resource Council, Bold Alliance, and other groups filed a suit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, contending the pipeline violates the Clean Water Act.
Justice Department attorneys also will present their argument at the hearing to dismiss the lawsuit.
Trump signed the new permit after Morris blocked construction of the 1,184-mile pipeline from Canada to Nebraska, in a ruling that stated officials had not fully considered oil spills and other impacts.