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Supreme Court Must Toss Keystone XL Ruling, Trump Officials Say

June 15, 2020, 10:58 PM

The Trump administration is calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to sideline a high-stakes Keystone XL ruling that has stunted permitting for oil and gas pipelines across the country.

Solicitor General Noel Francisco on Monday urged Justice Elena Kagan, who fields petitions arising in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, to freeze a lower court order that blocked a streamlined water permitting process for new pipelines.

The request tees up a major legal question that has circulated in conservative circles for years: Can district courts issue “nationwide injunctions"—broad orders that apply to parties that aren’t involved in...

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