Conservation groups sue to block Keystone XL oil pipeline
Three conservation groups are suing to try to stop preliminary work on the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline. The suits were filed in federal court in Nebraska Wednesday. They claim that federal officials allowed TransCanada to clear a 100-mile pipeline corridor through Nebraska's Sandhills, in violation of a federal law that bars projects from starting before they receive approval.
The lawsuit names as defendants the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. State Department, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. The 1,700 mile pipeline would carry oil from the tar sands of western Canada to Texas Gulf Coast refineries.