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

McIlroy: I’m not unbeatable

first_imgWorld number one Rory McIlroy insists he does not feel “unbeatable” despite looking to claim his third win in four events by successfully defending his BMW PGA Championship title. And now the four-time major winner is back where it all began 12 months ago with a victory in the European Tour’s flagship event, which came just days after he called off his wedding to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, even though the invitations had just been sent. “This is a tournament that I wasn’t sure I’d ever win in my career just because of my relationship with the West Course,” admitted McIlroy, who was ranked 10th in the world at the time and had missed the cut at Wentworth in 2012 and 2013. ” I got the win here in weird circumstances and this is what kick-started everything really. “I t was a real catalyst. I felt like I was playing well before that, but I wasn’t able to turn good finishes into wins . I did not expect to play like I did last summer. I could never have imagined what would unfold over the space of four or five weeks.” Those few weeks saw McIlroy win his first Open Championship at Royal Liverpool and a second US PGA title at Valhalla, with a first WGC title in between, and he has carried on where he left off in 2015 with three victories so far. Ryder Cup team-mate Martin Kaymer, who enjoyed equally impressive wins in the Players Championship and US Open last year, admitted players can feel “unbeatable” when they are on such runs of form. But McIlroy added: ” I don’t feel I’m unbeatable, that’s for sure. Golf is a very fickle game and it can humble you quite quickly. I’ve got off to a good start, three wins already this season. “(But) I would be disappointed if I wasn’t to win one of the next three majors. I think that’s really what determines a good or a great season for me these days.” Press Association Two of McIlroy’s major victories have been by eight shots and he again left the field trailing in his wake at Quail Hollow, but the Northern Irishman insists he does not care how hard he has to work to win. “I’ve always said I’ll take wins any way I can get them, whether it’s by one shot or in a play-off or by seven shots like last week,” he added. “I feel like now I’m a player that can win all different sorts of ways, which I’m happy about. I can be in contention and gut it with a few other players or separate myself. “I separated myself from the field on Saturday, so I went out on Sunday and I didn’t need to do much. I still shot a solid round of golf and I shot in the 60s, but it was sort of a stress-free 18 holes. “But at the same time, I know if I hadn’t have quite separated myself from the field on Saturday, I still would have had a great chance to win because I just feel like a much better player in that position.” McIlroy will play one more event, next week’s Irish Open at Royal County Down where his foundation is acting as tournament host, before the US Open at Chambers Bay in June, but insists he is concentrating on the task at hand. “My mind is focused on the next two weeks here and at the Irish Open,” he added. “I just want to try and finish off this stretch of golf as well as I can, and I get a couple weeks off after that. “Then I’ll start to think about the US Open and get ready for that. “I’ll probably go and take a look at Chambers Bay a little bit ahead of time. But now just fully focused on these two weeks and try to play as well as I can here, and then I’ll put the clubs away for a few days and then I’ll turn my attention to the US Open.” McIlroy began a run of five straight events by winning the WGC-Cadillac Match Play in San Francisco, before recording a third successive top-10 finish at the Players Championship. The 26-year-old thought about withdrawing from the Wells Fargo Championship but returned to the scene of his first PGA Tour victory at Quail Hollow, shot a course-record 61 in the third round and won by seven shots. last_img read more

Bale Left out of Real, Napoli Clash

first_imgReal Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has resisted the temptation to rush back a fit-again Gareth Bale their Champions League clash tonight against an on-form Napoli backed by Diego Maradona.Bale returned to training for the first time since suffering ankle ligament damage in November on Sunday and has been left out of Zidane’s 19-man squad. Cristiano Ronaldo has been passed fit, though, as the Portuguese has shrugged off a knock picked up in Saturday’s 3-1 win at Osasuna to keep Los Blancos top of La Liga.“He has had nearly three months out and we have to go slowly with Gareth,” said Zidane on Tuesday.“Everyone wants to win the Champions League, but it is a hard and long road and we are on that path.“The good thing is that we are in good shape. We have everyone fit, that means it will be harder to pick the squad, but I’m happy to see everyone ready and committed for the return of the Champions League.”Napoli’s sensational free-scoring form that has seen them reel off an 18-game unbeaten run has seen the Italians’ hopes of shocking the holders soar.Among the expected 10,000 strong travelling support will be Napoli’s greatest ever player as Maradona arrived in Madrid on Monday.“Thankfully he is not playing! We are happy about that,” said Madrid midfielder Luka Modric on the presence of Maradona.“He is one of the most important players in the history of football. It is nice he is here to see the game live.”Zidane, though, insisted he is more concerned by the likes of the on-fire Dries Mertens, who has scored 14 goals in his last 11 outings, including three hat-tricks.“He (Maradona) was one of the best players in the history of football, but I am more worried about those that are on the field.”No side has managed to retain the competition in the Champions League era with AC Milan 27 years ago the last team to win back-to-back European Cups.However, Modric believes the 11-time winners are better placed than anyone else to bring that streak to an end in June’s final in Bale’s home city of Cardiff.“We are Real Madrid and it has never happened, but we think we can be the first team to defend the title,” added the Croatian.“Wednesday is the first step against Napoli, that is the most important thing not looking further ahead. We want to be in Cardiff but we need to go game-by-game.”Napoli have a returning star of their own as Arkadiusz Milik has made the bench for victories over Bologna and Genoa after suffering cruciate ligament damage in October.However, the Polish international will start on the sidelines again with Mertens partnered by Lorenzo Insigne and former Madrid winger Jose Maria Callejon.“We are going to play an away match against the champions of the world and a really strong side,” Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri told the club’s website.“They are so strong that we don’t even know if we will be able to stop them.“I don’t know what to expect and what it will happen. I just want to say that I want commitment, dedication and nerve in order to understand exactly who we are and where we can get to.”Napoli will be forced to abandon one lucky charm, though, as Madrid will be the ones in their famous white jerseys today.The turnaround in Napoli’s fortunes in recent months coincided with superstitious President Aurelio De Laurentis’s decision to replace the club’s traditional sky blue colours for white back in November.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more