Trump Approves Keystone XL Pipeline

March 24, 2017

TransCanada received a presidential permit from the Trump administration this morning to build the long-stalled $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline which, when completed, will carry 800,000 barrels of tar sands oil per day from Alberta, Canada, to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast.

The State Department says it considered foreign policy and energy security in making the determination to go forward with the 1,700-mile pipeline. The State Department said it decided building the pipeline serves U.S. interests, according to the Associated Press, which is the opposite conclusion it reached under President Obama.

Even with a presidential permit, the pipeline’s exact route is uncertain, as Native American tribes and landowners continue to oppose it in the courts.