Plaintiffs claim that Biden did not really have the authority to stop the development of the controversial oil pipeline with a presidential order. The decree was signed at the White House on Biden’s first day.
There was an oil pipeline connection planned to operate from Canada and through several US states. Plaintiffs believe that Congress should be the last resort to decide whether or not to build.
Some center-right politicians in Biden’s own party, including Senators Joe Munchin of West Virginia and John Tester of Montana, have asked him to reverse the decision.
It was stopped by Obama and re-launched by Trump
When former President Donald Trump breathed new life into the project after it was halted by Barack Obama last year, pipe construction resumed.
The keystone was to refine hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil from the oil sands in Canada into the United States. Despite Canadian opposition, Biden described the oil sand extraction as “very, very polluting” and rejected the plan for climatic reasons.
Indigenous groups in areas where environmental movement and construction have taken place in the United States have strongly opposed the pipeline for fear of oil spills in vulnerable areas.
Led by Republicans
The lawsuit was filed by Republicans Ken Paxton and Austin Nutson, who are attorney generals in Texas and Montana, respectively. The other 19 states are also involved in the case.
The Attorney General is a position with different functions and responsibilities in different U.S. states. Areas of responsibility may correspond to the Minister of Justice in the state government, the public prosecutor or the key person in charge of the trial authority.
At the federal level, the Attorney General is the Secretary of Justice of the United States.