GREAT FALLS, Mont. — A federal judge on Wednesday rejected a bid by the Trump administration to dismiss a lawsuit that challenges a presidential permit for the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris in Great Falls, Montana, dismissed U.S. Justice Department arguments that the court had no authority to second-guess the cross-border permit that was issued by the State Department.

Morris also rejected motions by TransCanada Corp., the company behind the project, to dismiss the suit.

Conservation groups and Native American organizations contend that an environmental review of the project completed in 2014 was inadequate. They’ve asked Morris to revoke the permit, which was based on the review and issued in March.

The pipeline would carry Canadian crude through Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska, then connecting with lines to carry oil to Gulf Coast refineries.

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