Texas and several other U.S. states have sued President Joe Biden’s administration for his decision to revoke a major permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, Texas Attorney Ken Paxton said in a statement late last year. Wednesday.
The lawsuit alleges Biden has no unilateral authority to change energy policy set by the U.S. Congress, Paxton said.
Biden revoked a permit for a pipeline that would carry 830,000 barrels a day of heavy crude from Canada’s Alberta to Nebraska. It’s part of a flurry of executive orders aimed at curbing climate change.
The head of the U.S. Senate energy committee, Joe Manchin, urged Biden last month to reiterate his opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, saying the project provides union jobs and is safer than in transporting oil by trucks and trains.
TC Energy Corp of Canada owns the oil pipeline project.
The complaint Wednesday was filed by Paxton and Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen in Texas federal district court.
The suit was joined by attorneys general from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment late Wednesday. Nyawang
“The Executive’s unilateral decision to revoke Keystone XL’s consent is contrary to the constitutional structure with which states agreed at the time of ratification,” the states in the lawsuit said https://bit.ly/2P4UG1G.
“The Executive’s decision also incorporates the state’s abilities to administer and control lands within their borders.”
(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; editing by Richard Pullin)
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