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Keystone XL Pipeline

The Keystone Steele City pumping station, into which the planned Keystone XL pipeline would connect to, is seen in Steele City, Neb. 

BILLINGS — U.S. government attorneys say the Trump administration plans to finish a new environmental review of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada even if a federal appeals court throws out a lawsuit that blocked the project.

President Donald Trump issued a new permit for the $8 billion pipeline last month.

In court filings on Tuesday, government attorneys said it is "undisputed" that Trump's permit is not subject to two major environmental laws - the National Environmental Policy Act and Endangered Species Act.

Nevertheless, the attorneys say the State Department will complete an environmental study ordered by a federal judge in Montana in November.

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The long-delayed line would carry up to 830,000 barrels of crude daily from Canada to Nebraska.

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