Environmental groups challenge Keystone XL pipeline approval

Little Thunder a traditional dancer and indigenous activist from the Lakota tribe dances as he demonstrates in front of the White House during a protest march and rally in opposition to the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines. REUTERS  Kevin Lamarque

Little Thunder a traditional dancer and indigenous activist from the Lakota tribe dances as he demonstrates in front of the White House during a protest march and rally in opposition to the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines. REUTERS Kevin Lamarque

President Donald Trump announced Friday that the project for TransCanada to complete the Keystone XL pipeline has been approved.

The U.S. State Department has estimated Keystone would create an estimated 800 to 1,500 jobs.

His Democratic predecessor, former president Barack Obama, rejected the pipeline, saying it would lead to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions and do nothing to reduce fuel prices for USA motorists.

My office receives a good amount of correspondence regarding the Keystone XL pipeline, so I wanted to address that issue with you.

Still, Trump's public support for the pipeline might have its advantages, given his 36 percent approval rating in the wake of his failed health care reform bid. For example, the company filed an application with the Nebraska Public Service Commission on February 16, 2017, and multiple parties have petitioned to intervene in the process both in favor of and opposing the pipeline.

This pipeline is an $8 billion investment that will create more than 42,000 construction jobs.

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"The apology should have been directed toward the protesters and the movement itself, which their ad appears to trivialize". The ad was mocked by several people , among them Bernice King, daughter of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Earlier this week, federal Conservative interim leader Rona Ambrose said she doubts the Energy East pipeline from Alberta to New Brunswick will be built due to opposition from the mayor of Montreal and anti-pipeline groups.

Former President Barack Obama rejected the project outright in 2015, arguing it was not consistent with the country's fight against so-called man-made warming.

The president has also lifted environmental restrictions on coal mining and called on federal agencies to expeditiously approve permits for the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines. This Energy Transfer Partners LP (NYSE: ETP) pipeline will carry Bakken oil to Patoka, Ill., where existing pipelines will transport it to refineries.

TransCanada needs approval from the commission before it can begin construction in Nebraska.

"I don't trust a company from Canada to tell us they have inspected the lines in MI waters and insure that we're safe", Jones said this week. The Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management, which is expected to issue its own permit for the pipeline soon, is also named as a defendant.

"Among other things, the State Department did not adequately analyze Keystone XL's significant negative climate, air quality, water quality, pipeline safety and biological impacts", the lawsuit says. Now, President Trump has given a long-awaited green light from the executive branch. Meanwhile, TransCanada will still need to obtain approvals from multiple state public service commissions along the pipeline's proposed route. I am particularly pleased that these agreements, as they appear to cover crop losses and inconveniences which my constituents may experience during the anticipated construction time. During those years of deliberation, Keystone XL became a political football in Congress and, for environmentalists, a potent symbol of the dangers posed by fossil fuels.

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