The State Department is set to approve the Keystone XL pipeline by Monday, a senior US official said, reversing the Obama administration’s decision to block the controversial oil pipeline. Monday is end of the 60-day timeline that Trump ordered in January when he issued an executive order for the construction of Keystone and the Dakota Access pipelines.
This approval is only the beginning however of a process that could be lengthy and complicated. So when we read “it’s a done deal”, and “KXL is a Go” today in the papers, we shake our heads. This thing is far from done. The media would like to present this as just another “executive order” going through. We disagree.
A stretch of Keystone XL also awaits approval from Nebraska regulators. Transcanada has to file its pipeline route plans with the state’s Public Service Commission, which is required to hold public hearings on the proposal.
Then you have indigenous resistance to the construction. Earlier fights were put on hold that are now soon to resurface. And climate groups – “We will resist these projects with our allies across the country and across borders, and we will continue to build the future the world wants to see,” Diana Best, a Greenpeace climate campaign specialist said.
If this project is ever completed, the multi-billion dollar Keystone pipeline would bring more than 800,000 barrels-per-day of heavy crude from Canada’s oil sands to U.S. refineries and ports along the Gulf of Mexico, via an existing pipeline network in Nebraska.
To say this is a done deal is wrong and irresponsible reporting. We won’t predict the outcome but we will call out all of the headlines today that read “KXL is Approved.”