Keystone XL pipeline halted as Biden moves to cancel permit

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from Associated Press reports
Updated: January 20, 2021 08:40 PM
Created: January 18, 2021 12:30 PM

Construction on the long disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline has been halted as U.S. President Joe Biden plans to revoke its permit. Biden's Day One plan included revoking a presidential permit for the pipeline.

 The Canadian company says the project has been suspended and over 1,000 jobs will be eliminated in the coming weeks.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that "we are disappointed but acknowledge the President's decision to fulfil his election campaign promise on Keystone XL."

On Tuesday, Trudeau said his officials have been in frequent contact with Biden's administration about the pipeline. Trudeau says his officials communicated arguments in favor of the  pipeline to the highest levels of his administration.

"I made this argument seven years ago, in a room full of Democrats in Washington even before I became prime minister. I did speak to this project directly to President Biden showing that and demonstrating that the situation had changed a good deal since he was vice president when we had Prime Minister Harper," Trudeau said Tuesday.

"I trust that we will be heard, that our arguments will be considered during their process," he said.

On Monday, the premier of Canada’s oil-rich province of Alberta asked Biden to give the Canadian government a chance to make the case for the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline to be built. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says he will seek legal damages if the project is scrapped.

First proposed in 2008, the pipeline has become emblematic of the tensions between economic development and curbing fossil fuel emissions. The pipeline was rejected twice under the Obama administration because of concerns that it could worsen climate change, but approved by the Trump administration.

The $8 billion, 1,200-mile Keystone XL Pipeline would transport up to 830,000 barrels of crude oil daily from Alberta to Nebraska. It would follow a different route through Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska than the existing Keystone Pipeline, which runs through eastern North Dakota and South Dakota on its way to refineries in Oklahoma, Texas, and Illinois.

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