Permit Approving Keystone Pipeline To Be Signed By Monday

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Trump's Hollow Keystone Threat
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26 March, 2017

"Ultimately, if we're going to prevent large parts of this Earth from becoming not only inhospitable but uninhabitable in our lifetimes, we're going to have to keep some fossil fuels in the ground rather than burn them and release more risky pollution into the sky", Obama said.

The Keystone XL pipeline would bring more than 800,000 barrels per day of heavy crude from Canada's oil sands in Alberta into Nebraska, linking to an existing pipeline network feeding U.S. refineries and ports along the Gulf of Mexico.

Four days after Trump was sworn into office, he invited TransCanada to resubmit its application for the pipeline. "That doesn't have an impact on USA gas prices".

So, the Keystone XL isn't expected to be a boom for the job market by any stretch. Both projects had drawn massive protests and had been stalled by the Obama administration. When it was first proposed, the United States was very much dependent on oil from the Middle East, but domestic production has almost doubled in recent years.

Obama left TransCanada dangling for most of his administration, then rejected a permit for the Keystone pipeline in November of 2015.

The consent for the pipeline should come from the Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, but Tillerson said he had been far from the discussions because of his previous functions as head of the oil company ExxonMobil, with investments in the bituminous sands from where the oil would come.

The Trump administration confirmed Thursday that a response is imminent - the decision will be made within the timeline set out by the White House, meaning it must happen by Monday. That includes suing the State Department in federal court, arguing that the agency approved the pipeline too hastily and relied on outdated information from past Obama-era analyses.

Throughout the election campaign Trump promised to withdraw the United States from the Paris accord, although in late November he said he had an "open mind" about the plan. TransCanada Corp. are to begin construction on the $8 billion project as soon as possible. "And frankly, approving this project would have undercut that global leadership". The Natural Resources Defense Council described the pipeline as "all risk, no reward". The company said it expects that process to conclude this year.

TransCanada spokesman Terry Cunha said the company recognizes that construction activities would occur on tribes' ancestral homelands.

That's some big pipeline, Trump said as he read over notes at his desk in the Oval Office.

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"Nebraska!" he said to Girling.

The president said he would get in touch with Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts later in the day. After all, Canadian tar sands oil is one of the most environmentally degrading forms of energy known to man.

The president said he deployed Gary Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs executive who now is now Trump's chief economic adviser, to relay a message to the Canadian firm.

It will cut down from Alberta, Canada, across the border and through Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska before joining with the finished pipeline in Steele, Nebraska. The decision to allow Keystone XL's construction isn't about sending Canadian oil to waiting ships in the Gulf of Mexico, it is about ensuring US refiners, who've invested in processing heavy oil, access to a reliable and abundant supply that responds to America's energy needs.

The project's supporters and detractors immediately weighed in, promising to continue the fight over the pipeline on many different fronts.

"We believe indigenous people must be able to enjoy the same opportunities as all Albertans, and have rights to the land that has disdained them for so long", said Notley.

"Approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline is a clear signal that our nation is once again open for business and that we are committed to building the infrastructure we need now and in the future", said Sen. It is estimated that the pipeline would create 3,900 construction jobs if built in one year and about 1,950 jobs if construction takes two years.

Here's a look at what's up with the pipeline and what lies ahead for its planned construction.

Keystone XL would not cross North Dakota, but it would have the capacity to transport up to 100,00 barrels of Bakken crude a day from an oil terminal near Baker, Mont. Previously, the pipeline route was the subject of intense controversy because sections of it ran over the Ogallala Aquifer in Nebraska, which provides water for parts of eight states, and ran through the habitat of the sandhill cranes.


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