Keystone Pipeline Wins Approval From President Trump

Because portions of both the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines have already been produced, the "American steel" policy will not apply to the newly approved pipeline materials.

The Keystone Pipeline approval is here.

In announcing the approval, Trump took a shot at Barack Obama's decision to block the pipeline, which the former president said would not "serve the national interests" of the U.S.

Online Chat: Beth Killoran, deputy assistant secretary for Information Technology and chief information officer at HHS, on March 28.

Trump had signed an executive order days into his presidency reviving construction of the $8 billion pipeline after the Obama administration rejected it in 2015 over environmental and climate change concerns, NBC News noted. That challenge has been dropped, TransCanada said Friday.

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

When completed, the Keystone XL oil pipeline will span 1450 kilometres, and have the capacity to deliver more than 800,000 barrels of oil per day to the Gulf Coast refinery. US oil production is around 9 million barrels per day.

"Keystone was stopped once before, and it will be stopped again", vowed Annie Leonard, the group's USA director.

Following seven years of protest, President Barack Obama rejected the pipeline in 2015, stating it would undermine the US commitment to reducing carbon emissions.

Unlike traditional crude which gushes from a well, bitumen from the oil sands must be dug up or extracted by underground heating, essentially using steaming hot water to separate it from the sandstone before it can be refined. The State Department clearly made the right call by reversing the Obama administration's politically motivated decision. "The environmental aspect of the deal, which would increase heavy Carbon dioxide emitting Canadian tar sand production, may still cause a long delay before the pipeline is eventually being built".

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups applauded the administration's action.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says USA approval of the Keystone XL pipeline does not lessen the need for two other controversial proposals within Canada's borders.

But the level of those benefits has been the subject of exhaustive debate in recent years.

Russ Girling, president of TransCanada, promised "thousands of jobs" with the construction of the pipeline that should be a boon to local economies.

"We're fighting Keystone XL because of the tremendous risk it poses to the Ogallala Aquifer", Kleeb said. Many energy experts insisted the truth was somewhere in between.

Environmental groups argued Canada's tar sands oil should stay in the ground. TransCanada, the company seeking to build the pipeline, does not dispute those numbers'.

In fact, despite Friday's green light from the State Department environmentalists have thrown more obstacles in front of the pipeline. Critics scoff that the project will only create several dozen jobs.

All pipelines need to be maintained and repaired, for example.

Conservatives have said they support quick approval.

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