>> A federal judge in Montana halted construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline on Thursday. On the grounds that the US government did not complete a full analysis of the environmental impact of the project. The ruling deals a major setback for President Trump and TransCanada. And could delay the construction of the $8 billion, 1,000-mile pipeline.
>> Well, it was a political decision made by a judge, I think it's a disgrace.>> Reuters energy editor David Gaffen:>> This has been a project long in the works for more than a decade or so with a lot of different delays. People have been trying to kill it for a long, long time, and basically, President Trump revived it when he signed a presidential order declaring that it should go forward and be approved.
>> Great construction jobs.>> What the judge essentially is vacate that order and say, essentially, that they didn't take into account all the environmental considerations, and ordered another review. That will likely delay this process, if the pipeline is built at all, by about a year.>> It's a victory for environmentalists, travel groups, and ranchers, who've spent more than a decade fighting against construction of the pipeline that will carry heavy crude from Canada's oil sands to Steele City, Nebraska.
The judge in Thursday's ruling ordered the government to issue a more thorough environmental analysis of whether the project can move forward. The pipeline was rejected by former President Barack Obama in 2015 on environmental concerns. But Trump, who doesn't believe in climate change, said it would lower consumer fuel prices, create jobs, and reduce US dependence on foreign oil