TransCanada renews application to build Keystone XL pipeline

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The much talked about controversial case of the Keystone XL pipeline project takes another sharp turn.

Not just the Keystone XL project but Mr. Trump also promised to fast-pace the development of the Dakota Access Pipeline with broader directives which seek to relax the laws on infrastructure projects in the U.S. Moreover, Mr. Trump ordered his officials to design a plan that would benefit the use of American raw materials in USA pipelines.

Girling emphasized the Keystone XL pipeline would improve USA energy security and serve as an important new piece of the country's modern infrastructure.

But earlier this week, Mr. Trump issued a memorandum inviting TransCanada to promptly re-submit its application for the Keystone XL project to the Department of State.

Trump was inaugurated less than a week before the application was filed.

Trump repeatedly asserted during the U.S. presidential campaign that he would approve the pipeline.

Only 35 of those jobs will be permanent, the State Department concluded in 2013.

The 1,180-mile (1,900-kilometer) pipeline would carry oil from Canadian tar sands to USA refineries on the Gulf Coast, with some 870 miles winding through the United States.

The company said the project would contribute $3.4 billion (3.18 billion euros) to the USA economy.

In 2015, then-President Barack Obama rejected Keystone XL, saying it would undercut efforts to clinch a global climate change deal in his environmental agenda. Ninety-seven percent of Canada's oil exports go to the U.S.

But Trump has also made a new requirement for the pipeline to be made with American steel and fabricated in the United States.

TransCanada has already bought most of the pipe for Keystone, and only half of it is domestically produced.



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