Had the trial moved forward, its outcome could have opened the door to a new legal defense for protesters.
Hurricane Florence will make landfall in the Carolinas on the same day the US Department of Energy announces that the US has likely surpassed Russia and Saudi Arabia in crude oil production.
The president is slated to sign two executive actions Tuesday that will advance construction on the controversial pipelines, despite outcry from various environmental groups.
Activists say that carrying oil on trains leads to far too many explosions, derailments, and disasters.
Estimates put the oil industry at a $770 million loss, and more evacuations have been ordered as the fire moves north.
The fire, now over three times the size of Toronto, is still considered "out of control" by emergency officials.
Coming Soon: VICE News heads to Los Angeles to investigate the effects of urban oil drilling on local communities.
The reversal of the crude oil export ban is great news for oil and gas producers who've been hit hard by lower and lower prices for their goods in recent years. Unfortunately, it's terrible news for the rest of us.
On Friday, the president said "shipping dirtier crude oil into our country would not increase America's energy security."
Researchers are studying the "man camps" that sprang up after the oil boom as if they're part of an ancient dig site.