State Department Reverses Obama Decision and OKs Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

"Nebraska is the only state now among the states that this pipeline could potentially threaten that has not given a state permit". That conclusion followed a review of environmental, economic and diplomatic factors, the department said.

However, Keystone XL faces more hurdles.

President Donald Trump planned to address Keystone during an announcement on Friday morning, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Twitter.

He was accompanied by the president of TransCanada Corp., the Calgary-based pipeline company that has wrestled with lawsuits, resistant landowners, protesters and Washington Democrats.

Mr. Trump did not repeat his claim that the Keystone XL pipeline will be "with American steel".

"It takes money to build a pipeline, and the opposition movement to stop fossil fuel projects like KXL will do everything it can to deprive TransCanada of any new funding for this ill-fated and unnecessary pipeline".

The 1,700-mile (2,735 kilometers) pipeline, as envisioned, would carry oil from tar sands in Alberta, Canada, to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast, passing through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma.

Girling admitted that the lengthy permitting process under the Obama administration was frustrating for the company, posing "great problems and great cost" before it was ultimately rejected. The Paris agreement compels the USA and other countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions in coming decades. "Moving forward, we strongly urge the individual states, which stand to benefit from the Keystone XL pipeline, to approve this important project".

TransCanada said the USA clearance was a "significant milestone" for the project and that it would continue to engage with key stakeholders and neighbors throughout Nebraska, Montana and South Dakota to obtain the permits and approvals to advance it to construction. Tillerson previously served as CEO of oil giant Exxon Mobil.

Obama argued the oil wouldn't stay in the US because it would be exported after being processed in American refineries. "We also recognize the USA has as a top priority securing stable, reliable sources for their energy". "Canada is that source", Carr said.

The president of the American Petroleum Institute, Jack Gerard, said the approval was "welcome news" and would bolster US energy security.

Without the pipeline, Carr said the oil would move by the more unsafe method of rail.

"That's why we worked tirelessly to secure approval on the TransMountain Pipeline and we'll continue to stand up for Alberta to get shovels in the ground", she said in a statement on Friday.

A Pipeline Is Born September 2008 - June 2010: TransCanada filed its first application to the U.S. State Department for a cross-border permit. Protests, sometimes violent, against the Dakota Access Pipeline, near where it crosses the Missouri River in North Dakota, went on for many months, drawing world wide attention.

The pipeline had stalled under the Obama administration, which had said the pipeline would do nothing to reduce fuel prices for US motorists and would contribute emissions linked to global warming.

"In addition, TransCanada may still need to reach deals with hundreds of potentially affected landowners on the pipeline's route".

Thune said analysis done by the Obama administration on the pipeline came back with "minimal to no environmental impact".

  • Zachary Reyes