Oil Sands Pipeline from Canada Is in US National Interest

Sierra Club attorney Hayes also took a direct stab at President Trump, who had made the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline a campaign issue as he said it would create American jobs, a key goal for his administration.

During an Oval Office ceremony Friday, TransCanada CEO Russell Girling thanked Trump for pushing the pipeline, and he called it "a very, very important day" for the company.

The proposed pipeline is created to connect Alberta, Canada, to refineries in the U.S.in Texas and Louisiana by way of Steele City, Nebraska. Tom Shannon, undersecretary of state for political affairs, signed the permit because Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had recused himself on the project.

Nebraska activists say the pipeline could leak and pollute their water supply, and argue that construction would disrupt the state's natural habitat.

The pipeline will transport 35 million gallons of oil every day, posing an environmental threat to the U.S. public and wildlife, the CBD stated in a press release. There the Keystone XL pipeline will connect with a preexisting line.

That doesn't mean it wouldn't give a lift to oil-dependent parts of the USA economy, especially the Gulf Coast, where the heavy Albertan crude would end up for refining after passing through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma.

In addition to Native American tribes, environmental groups like 350.org and others said they're fighting the project. In 2016, an average of two to three trains a day were used to carry oil out of the region due to a lack of pipeline capacity, Platts Analytics said.

'Since this one is already now under construction, the steel is already literally sitting there, it would be hard to go back, ' White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on March 3.

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Soon after the State Department granted TransCanada a permit to build a pipeline across the U.S.

Those critical of the decision, however, have said it's possible other countries will look at the US taking climate change action less seriously and reduce their own ambitions.

Trump campaigned for president on a pledge to restart the Keystone pipeline and build it with USA steel. And on the eve of the global climate talks in Paris, Obama said that rejecting the pipeline would bolster USA credibility and leadership at the talks. Keystone will reduce costs and reliance on foreign oil while creating thousands of jobs, he said.

However, the administration later reversed this decision, saying that the "American steel" instruction only applied to newly constructed projects.

The Trump administration has issued a permit to go ahead and build the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. It's one thing to drill, drill, drill. and we should.

But the project still faces legal hurdles in Nebraska, and Girling said the company was still seeking "the other necessary permits that we need".

President Donald Trump's administration, as expected, has officially greenlighted the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

But the premier took time to congratulate TransCanada on the presidential approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, a move Notley said will provide work to plenty of unemployed Albertans.

  • Sonia Alvarado