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This week, tribal members who protested the Keystone XL oil pipeline construction earlier this month submitted statements to a federal judge that they witnessed workers breaking social distancing protocol.

A federal judge in Montana Thursday heard arguments but made no ruling on tribes’ suit to halt construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The hearing was part of an ongoing lawsuit the Fort Belknap Indian community in Montana and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota brought against developer TC Energy and President Donald Trump.

A photo of Prairiedawn Thunderchild, Tahnee Thunderchild, Lance Fourstar, Catherine Bear, Delberta Eagleman, Angeline Cheek, Vermae Taylor and Cheyenne Foote taken Apr. 14, 2020.
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 Updated 04/15/20, 6:10 p.m.

A federal judge Thursday will consider tribes’ request to put a hold on oil pipeline construction in northeastern Montana in light of coronavirus concerns.

Tribal members gathered this week in Phillips County to protest the ongoing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

A sign for TC Energy on a fence with pieces of pipeline in the background.
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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Canadian company has started construction on the long-stalled Keystone XL oil sands pipeline despite calls from tribal leaders and environmentalists to delay the $8 billion project amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Keystone Pipeline pumping station in Nebraska.
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Like many other essential industries in Montana, the state’s energy sector continues the daily grind amid concerns over the COVID-19 illness. YPR News’s Kayla Desroches has been reporting on oil, gas and coal production and she shares her reporting with us now.

Keystone Pipeline pumping station in Nebraska.
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A Canadian company’s announcement this week that it plans to move forward with construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline in northern Montana has nearby Native American tribes and some locals concerned that the flow of workers could carry the novel coronavirus into a community with limited health care resources.

A map of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline route through northeastern Montana.
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Editor's Note April 02, 2020: TC Energy spokesperson Sara Rabern is referring to workers being American when she says they are "local."

A Canadian company says it plans to start construction of the disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline running from Canada through the U.S. in April after lining up customers and funding.

TC Energy says it’ll kick off construction on the oil pipeline in Phillips County, Montana while also enforcing social distancing and screening to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 illness caused by the novel coronavirus.

Keystone Pipeline pumping station in Nebraska.
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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- A Canadian company says it has started preliminary work along the proposed Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the U.S. as oponents wait for a judge to rule on their request to block the project.

Silver pipelines photographed through a chain link fence
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The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana Thursday Feb. 6 filed a lawsuit with the goal of learning how the state may respond to expected protests against the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

A map of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline route through northeastern Montana.
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The U.S. Department of Interior on Jan. 22 signed off on a section of the Keystone XL pipeline that will pass through 44 miles of federally-managed land in Montana.

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