According to a media report, newly elected US President Joe Biden wants to stop construction of the controversial US-Canadian pipeline Keystone XL soon after Keystone XL takes office.
By decree, approval for the nine billion dollar project must be withdrawn on the same day it took office on Wednesday.
As Canadian broadcaster CBC News reported on Sunday, the pipeline is on the list of projects that Democrats want to implement immediately, citing insiders. Biden’s transition team initially decided not to comment.
The Keystone Pipeline is operated by TC Energy. The 1,900-km pipeline is intended to connect oil fields in Alberta, Canada with the Steel City in the US state of Nebraska. From there, tar-like Canadian oil has to be processed through existing pipelines to the US East and Gulf Coast.
Former US President Barack Obama halted the project in 2015 and justified it with expected consequences for the environment. Shortly after assuming office in 2017, his successor, outgoing President Donald Trump, issued a permit for the re-construction. Several environmental groups had filed suit against it.