Keystone XL Pipeline is not a done deal, here's what's ahead

Trump said Friday that Keystone XL would be "the first of many infrastructure projects", and added: "Today, we begin to make things right, and to do things right".

Soon after the State Department granted TransCanada a permit to build a pipeline across the U.S. "It's gonna be an incredible pipeline, the greatest technology known to man, or woman, and frankly we're very proud of it".

The Keystone XL was rejected by former President Barack Obama in November 2015 after a seven-year review.

BOLD Nebraska founder and president of BOLD Alliance, Jane Kleeb, points out TransCanada doesn't have a permit to build in Nebraska.

Keystone XL would carry up to 35 million gallons of oil every day from Canada's tar sands - one of the dirtiest, most carbon-intensive energy sources in the world - to refineries in Texas.

Girling said the pipeline was the safest and most reliable way to move gas products.

Donald Trump, while campaigning to be president of the USA, had said he would reverse Obama's decision. The Canadian oil that would flow through the pipeline is considered among the dirtiest types of crude.

Trump signed executive actions to advance the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, along with the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline in January, leading to the construction permit issuance in March.

Don't get too excited about President Trump's approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.

"The fact that this $8 billion investment in American energy was delayed for so long demonstrates how the American government has failed the American people", Mr. Trump said as he met with the National Economic Council in the Oval Office Friday.

Obama in 2015 rejected the pipeline after years of study, saying it would undercut USA credibility in the worldwide climate change negotiations that culminated later that year in a global deal in Paris. It's not clear what has changed since the department reached the opposite conclusion two years ago - other than the election of a new president.

TransCanada, Trump said, can now build Keystone "with efficiency and with speed".

"That's something often that's overlooked in new projects like this, is local communities benefit greatly from these projects", Girling said in the White House comments.

"Our government has always been supportive of the Keystone XL pipeline and we are pleased with the USA decision", said a spokesman for Canada's minister of natural resources.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., said the announcement is "important to renewing the United States' commitment toward mutually beneficial energy solutions with Canada".

The U.S. steel industry would receive a boost from the project because of the need for steel to construct the pipes, according to Mr. Trump.

Environmental groups and activists with Native American tribes have long opposed Keystone XL, and in statements Friday they promised to protest its construction.

Including work indirectly related to the construction, the number of jobs balloons to 42,100, the State Department estimated.

  • Zachary Reyes