Canada column for Sunday, March 26/17
THE CANADIAN REPORT
(c) By Jim Fox
U.S. President Donald Trump said it was a “great day for American jobs and North American energy independence” as he approved the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.
But hurdles remain before TransCanada, based in Calgary, can proceed with the $8-billion project, CEO Russ Girling said.
The pipeline running 900 miles would carry up to 830,000 barrels of Alberta crude oil a day to refineries in the U.S. Gulf Coast.
The company continues to work to reach settlements with landowners along the route in Nebraska, Montana and South Dakota and needs approvals from the state governments to proceed.
Environmental protesters say they will continue to try to stop the project, which had been rejected by previous President Barack Obama.
In allowing the presidential permit, the U.S. State Department concluded the pipeline would serve the national interest.
Girling called it a “significant milestone” for the project.
“We greatly appreciate President Trump’s administration for reviewing and approving this important initiative and we look forward to working with them as we continue to invest in and strengthen North America's energy infrastructure,” he added.