The Globe and Mail reports in its Wednesday edition that lawyers for the Trump administration want a U.S. judge to throw out a lawsuit from native American tribes trying to block the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Nebraska.
An Associated Press dispatch to The Globe says that tribes in Montana and South Dakota say President Donald Trump approved the pipeline without considering potential damage to cultural sites from spills and construction.
The administration counters that Mr. Trump's approval applies only to a one-mile section of pipeline along the U.S.-Canada border and not the rest of the line.
U.S. District Judge Brian Morris will preside over a hearing Thursday on the government's attempt to dismiss the case. The judge blocked the line in November, saying more environmental studies were needed. Mr. Trump circumvented that ruling in March by issuing a new permit involving the $8-billion (U.S.), 1,184-mile project.
The Assiniboine and Gros Ventre tribes of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in Montana and South Dakota's Rosebud Sioux tribe say Mr. Trump's action violated their rights under treaties from the mid-1800s. Pipeline sponsor TC Energy is also seeking dismissal of the tribes' lawsuit.
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