Deeming the Keystone XL pipeline “essential,” Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democratic candidate for Senate, gave Canadian firm TC Energy the green light to bring in hundreds of out-of-state workers, in order to begin construction in April, reported the Montana Free Press. Two counties on the pipeline’s route are so far the least-affected in the nation by COVID-19, so county officials have mandated that out-of-state pipeline workers be quarantined for 14 days upon their arrival. But that quarantine does not prohibit them from working, so construction has begun and looks to continue unabated. Status: Enacted.