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HELENA, Mont. — The company that wants to build the Keystone XL pipeline is asking a Montana judge to change his order blocking the oil pipeline to allow pre-construction work to continue.

Attorneys for TransCanada will argue on Wednesday that U.S. District Judge Brian Morris should clarify or amend his ruling to say the injunction does not apply to activities such as finalizing contracts, purchasing materials, conducting land surveys and discussing federal permits.

On Nov. 8, Morris blocked TransCanada's permit to build the pipeline from Alberta's oil sands to ship oil through a half-dozen U.S. states to the Gulf of Mexico.

The judge had ruled the Trump administration had not fully considered the environmental effects of the pipeline, and he ordered a new review.

TransCanada's attorneys say the company wants to continue preparing for construction while it considers an appeal.

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Zach Pluhacek is an assistant city editor.

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