Federal judge halts Keystone XL construction pending new environmental analysis

first_imgFederal judge halts Keystone XL construction pending new environmental analysis FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CNBC:A federal judge in Montana halted construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline on Thursday on the grounds that the U.S. government did not complete a full analysis of the environmental impact of the TransCanada project.The ruling deals a major setback for TransCanada and could possibly delay the construction of the $8 billion, 1,180 mile (1,900 km) pipeline.The ruling is a victory for environmentalists, tribal groups and ranchers who have spent more than a decade fighting against construction of the pipeline that will carry heavy crude to Steele City, Nebraska, from Canada’s oil sands in Alberta.U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris’ ruling late on Thursday came in a lawsuit that several environmental groups filed against the U.S. government in 2017, soon after President Donald Trump announced a presidential permit for the project. Morris wrote in his ruling that a U.S. State Department environmental analysis “fell short of a ‘hard look”‘ at the cumulative effects of greenhouse gas emissions and the impact on Native American land resources.He also ruled the analysis failed to fully review the effects of the current oil price on the pipeline’s viability and did not fully model potential oil spills and offer mitigations measures. In Thursday’s ruling, Morris ordered the government to issue a more thorough environmental analysis before the project can move forward.More: US judge halts construction of the Keystone XL oil pipelinelast_img read more

Lakers expected to sign veteran guard J.R. Smith for NBA’s restart, per report

first_imgA longtime LeBron James teammate is expected to join the Lakers for the NBA’s restart in Orlando next month.According to an ESPN report, the Lakers are finalizing a deal for J.R. Smith, the 34-year-old free-wheeling guard who has not played an NBA game since November of 2018. NBA teams have until July 1 to sign free agent replacements for players not participating when the season resumes July 30 at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla.Smith is expected to be the roster replacement for Avery Bradley, who told the Lakers last week that he would not join them due to family concerns. Smith has trained locally for months, and had a workout for the Lakers in February shortly before the hiatus.Smith is a 15-year veteran who won Sixth Man of the Year in 2013. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersA Klutch Sports client, Smith walked away from the Cavaliers team during the 2018-19 season when it became clear they were rebuilding and he would have a smaller role. Smith has not played an NBA minute since. His last full season in 2017-18, he averaged 8.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per game, and he shot 38 percent from 3-point range during his Cavs tenure.Related Articles Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs While Smith could take on some of the roles Bradley played as a shooter and defender, the lion’s share of Bradley’s minutes are expected to go to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Alex Caruso, who filled in for the earlier part of the year when Bradley was sidelined with a hairline fracture in his leg.Since Smith is Bradley’s replacement for the restart, the Lakers don’t need to cut Bradley, who has a player option for the second year of his deal. ESPN reported that Smith will receive a minimum contract pro rata for the remainder of the season.So far, Bradley is the only Laker who has officially told the team he’s not playing out the season. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more