Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Keystone Pipeline

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by an environmental group that claimed a permit that allows the construction of an oil pipeline between the U.S. and Canada violated federal law.
Calgary, Alberta-based energy company TransCanada Corp. is building the $12 billion pipeline that will run 2,148 miles from Alberta to Illinois. The company wants to expand the pipeline to Cushing, and then to the U.S. Gulf Coast by 2012.
It will be able to deliver 1.1 million barrels of oil a day and could be expanded to 1.5 million barrels a day.
U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon ruled the Natural Resources Defense Council did not have the authority to challenge the permit issued for the TransCanada Keystone Pipeline by the State Department.

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