Rejecting what critics have called the Trump administration\u0026#039;s \u0022illegal rubber-stamp\u0022 of the Keystone XL pipeline, a federal court in Great Falls, Montana has sided with opponents of the project and mandated a full environmental impact review for the proposed route.\u0022The court saw through the sham fast-track environmental review that TransCanada and the State Department were trying to shove past Nebraska landowners and Tribal Nations.\u0022—Mark Hefflinger, Bold Alliance\u0022This is a huge win for the landowners and Tribal Nation members whose water and environment would be forever threatened by this dangerous tar sands project,\u0022 declared Jackie Prange, senior attorney at Natural Resources Defense Council.\u0022The court saw through the sham fast-track environmental review that TransCanada and the State Department were trying to shove past Nebraska landowners and Tribal Nations,\u0022 responded Mark Hefflinger of Bold Alliance. \u0022We\u0026#039;ll continue to stand together against this tar sands export pipeline that threatens our land, water, and climate at every opportunity, and at every public hearing during the new court-ordered review of Nebraska.\u0022After President Donald Trump reversed the Obama administration\u0026#039;s decision to block the TransCanada pipeline—which would run through Alberta and Saskatchewan in Canada as well as Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska—regulators in Nebraska approved a path that was not part of the federal government\u0026#039;s 2014 environmental impact statement. Last month, the Trump State Department issued a draft assessment (pdf) for the Mainline Alternative Route (MAR) through Nebraska, but U.S. District Judge Brian Morris on Wednesday ordered a full review.While opponents of Keystone XL continue to fight both in court and beyond—by organizing protests, installing solar panels along the planned route, and returning land to local tribes—they celebrated Morris\u0026#039;s ruling as a step toward permanently blocking the project.\u0022This is a huge step to once again shut down this zombie pipeline that threatens water, our homelands, and our treaty territory,\u0022 said water protector Joye Braun of the Wakpa Waste Camp at the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. \u0022No route is acceptable for Keystone XL, and I believe a full environmental review of this alternative route will highlight the extraordinary risks this pipeline poses to us all.\u0022WOOT.Reminder: A full environmental review of Keystone XL has only one conclusion: #KeystoneXL is a climate disaster. #NoKXL https://t.co/13kduz5Gha— David Turnbull (@david_turnbull) August 16, 2018Marcie Keever, legal director at Friends of the Earth, called the ruling \u0022a decisive moment in our fight against the corporate polluters who have rushed to destroy our planet,\u0022 and \u0022a victory for the grassroots activists who have worked against the Keystone XL pipeline for the past decade.\u0022\u0022This proposed project has been stalled for nearly a decade because it would be all risk and no reward,\u0022 said Sierra Club senior attorney Doug Hayes, celebrating this win \u0022for clean water, climate, and communities that would be threatened.\u0022\u0022No route is acceptable for Keystone XL, and I believe a full environmental review of this alternative route will highlight the extraordinary risks this pipeline poses to us all.\u0022—Joye Braun, water protector\u0022It\u0026#039;s always been painfully obvious what a disaster this pipeline will be,\u0022 added Center for Biological Diversity senior attorney Jared Margolis, \u0022not just for our climate and local communities but for endangered species like the whooping crane.\u0022Though the ruling acknowledged accusations that the federal government failed to comply with the Endangered Species Act (ESA), which requires consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to make sure a project is \u0022not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any endangered species or threatened species,\u0022 or destroy their habitat, Morris wrote that the ESA argument will be addressed in a future order.\u0022Banks and investors backing this project should take a hard look at the risks still on the horizon for this project. TransCanada still has not made a final investment decision on this project,\u0022 noted Greenpeace USA climate and energy campaigner Diana Best. \u0022The only thing clear about the future of this pipeline is that it will continue to face delays, scrutiny, and uncertainty.\u0022\u0022The judge was right to order another environmental review,\u0022 Best added, \u0022as this project would worsen the effects of climate change, risk poisoning water, and violate Indigenous sovereignty.\u0022\u0022This decision is another sign that the Keystone XL pipeline is far from a done deal,\u0022 concluded 350.org executive director May Boeve. \u0022The #NoKXL resistance has inspired a movement of Indigenous leaders, farmers, ranchers, and allies around the world. We\u0026#039;re not going anywhere until we stop this pipeline for good.\u0022This post has been updated with comment from Greenpeace USA.