Trump approves Keystone XL, calling it 'great day' for jobs

"The fight is far from over", he said, promising "widespread opposition in Canada and the US" to the company and the financial institutions that support the project. "And frankly, we're very proud of it".

Fred Jauss, partner at the global law firm Dorsey & Whitney and a former attorney with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said local permitting would also be a challenge.

Larry Wright, the chairman of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, said opponents may draw from experiences protesting at North Dakota's Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

"This project is going to support almost 6,000 jobs during construction and over 400 full-time jobs in Alberta, while also providing access to new and existing US markets", Notley said in a statement.

Who's right? Both sides can make a valid claim.

It's one of several steps the administration is expected to take in the coming weeks to prioritize economic development over environmental concerns. In 2015 when the Pipeline was headed to Congress for a vote, more than 90 scientists and economists sent a letter to the White House urging President Obama and the Secretary of State John Kerry to reject the pipeline.

USA president Donald Trump on Friday approved the Keystone XL pipeline that his predecessor, Barack Obama, had suspended. The State Department says that the pipeline will create up to three dozen permanent jobs, in addition to 3,900 construction jobs.

Trump signed an executive order in his first week in office that invited TransCanada to reapply for a permit and promised a decision within 60 days.

Environmental groups fought the Keystone pipeline in Washington, D.C., and during rallies at field locations that would be affected by the installations.

The pipeline would span 1,200 miles, sending 800,000 barrels of oil a day from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

Portions of Keystone have already been built.

Though the Keystone XL now has the backing of the White House, it seems likely that it will continue to be met with resistance. Then it would connect with existing pipelines to move the oil to specialized refineries in Louisiana and other southern states.

Thune said analysis done by the Obama administration on the pipeline came back with "minimal to no environmental impact".

Canadian Natural Resource Minister Jim Carr said the Canadian government is pleased with the decision.

Canada needs infrastructure to export its growing oil sands production.

Trump touted the approval as being a big job creator, and TransCanada CEO Russell Girling said the pipeline would create "thousands of jobs".

The State Department said Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Tom Shannon signed the permit. Pipelines would carry the tar sands oil down through Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska. Just because past republicans have failed to increase taxes, does not mean president Trump can not break that mold and act outside of political stereotypes.



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