Government says shutdown shouldn’t stop Keystone hearing


Justice Department attorneys and the Canadian company behind the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline say the U.S. government shutdown shouldn’t delay a court hearing on a judge’s decision to halt construction.

Justice Department attorney Bridget McNeil said in a court filing Monday that government lawyers are prohibited from working except in emergencies during the shutdown. But, she adds, federal attorneys’ participation in the hearing next Monday in U.S. District Court in Great Falls isn’t necessary.

TransCanada attorneys previously told U.S. District Judge Brian Morris the company is prepared to hold the hearing without the government being represented.


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