Keystone XL pipeline gets OK from US State Department

Pipe ready to become part of the Keystone Pipeline are stacked in a field near Ripley Okla. in this Feb. 2012

Pipe ready to become part of the Keystone Pipeline are stacked in a field near Ripley Okla. in this Feb. 2012

"The Presidential Permit is only one part of a web of federal, state, and local permits that must be obtained prior to starting construction", said Fred Jauss, a former lawyer with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and partner at the global law firm Dorsey & Whitney, in an interview with Reuters.

Environmentalists such as Sara Shor have promised to "raise hell" and recruit millions of people to fight the multi-billion dollar project.

Representative French Hill of Arkansas's 2 Congressional District also praised the pipeline's approval. The decision in Nebraska rests in the hands of an independent commission, with members elected by voters. The company says that it "will continue to engage key stakeholders and neighbors throughout Nebraska, Montana and South Dakota to obtain the necessary permits and approvals to advance this project to construction".

It received new life on Friday.

Keystone opponents swiftly linked their cause to the broader anti-Trump movement.

The Trump administration will approve the Keystone XL pipeline by early next week, according to sources knowledgeable of the plan, reportsPolitico.

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"Now we have a president who is deeply beholden to the oil industry and will do anything they ask, so this approval is no surprise. There is a lot of work ahead for TransCanada", he added.

The move fits in line with signals that the Trump administration views climate leadership and economics as diametrically opposed. Even as he made the Keystone announcement, reporters in the Oval Office shouted questions about the collapse of his health bill.

"The objective is to make the point that the energy economies are integrated", he said.

It's unclear if construction could start this year. Fuel price-tracker GasBuddy has been watching this issue for several years, with dozens of expert analyst writings covering the subject from both Canadian and US viewpoints.

"We in Canada know that pipeline decisions can be controversial", Carr told reporters in Ottawa. In March of 2010 the National Energy Board approved the Canadian portion of the project, and the U.S. State Department, after initially delaying a decision, eventually recommended the pipeline be approved.

In Ottawa, Canada's ministers were quick to meet with media to discuss approval of the project.

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USA regulators conducted their own, favourable reviews before politicians stepped in.

A central argument for why Keystone XL should be built is the discount suffered by Canadian oil producers relative to its competitors.

But opponents disputed the conclusion. There is already pipeline in place connecting Canada to Gulf through a more roundabout route.

The remarks contrasted sharply with Barack Obama's comments in November 2015, when he rejected the Keystone XL deal after seven years of political debate and grassroots campaigning. That challenge has been dropped, TransCanada said Friday. "We will put heavy pressure on them", he said.

The pipeline will bring about $2.4 billion in revenue to Canada each year by helping the country's oil-sands producers move 800,000barrelsof crude oil per day from land-locked Alberta to ports in Texas for exporting overseas.

Many observers predicted that a Keystone decision was forthcoming after TransCanada opted to drop a $15 billion NAFTA complaint against the US earlier this week.

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