Biden May Cancel Keystone Xl Pipeline Permit As Soon As His First Day In Office: Source


U. S. President-elect Joe Biden is planning to cancel the permit for the $9 billion Keystone XL pipeline project as one of his first acts in office, and perhaps as soon as his first day, according to a source familiar with his thinking.

President Donald Trump, a Republican, had made building the pipeline a central promise of his presidential campaign. Biden, who will be inaugurated on Wednesday, was vice president in the Obama administration when it rejected the project as contrary to its efforts to combat climate change.

The words “Rescind Keystone XL pipeline permit” appear on a list of executive actions likely scheduled for the first day of Biden’s presidency, according to an earlier report bit.ly/3nP4993 by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp (CBC).

Biden, a Democrat, had earlier vowed to scrap the oil pipeline’s presidential permit if he became president.

The Keystone pipeline is operated by TC Energy Corp. The company did not offer immediate comment when contacted by Reuters. A representative for Biden’s team did not respond to a request for comment.

A spokesman for Canadian Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan referred queries to the office of Kirsten Hillman, Canada’s ambassador to Washington. Hillman’s office was not immediately available for comment.

The project, which would move oil from the province of Alberta to Nebraska, had been slowed by legal issues in the United States.

It also faced opposition from environmentalists seeki… (Read more)

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