Monday, January 18, 2021
Closed for “Zombie Pipeline”
Biden Keystone XL will stop
The Keystone XL pipeline will transport crude oil from the Canadian province of Alberta to the US state of Texas. Environmental groups are stopping the project. Obama banned further construction, with Trump allowing it again. With Biden presiding, the company is about to end.
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 he takes over the Keystone XL. By decree, approval for the nine-billion-dollar project should be withdrawn the day he took office on Wednesday, Canadian broadcaster CBC News cited insiders.
Accordingly, the pipeline is on the list of projects that Democrats want to implement immediately. Biden’s transition team did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report.
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. Pipelines also run on groundwater reservoirs.
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. This gave the project the nickname “Zombie Pipeline”. Several environmental groups filed suit against Trump’s approval.
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