“Ask Trans Canada to renew its permit application for the Keystone Pipeline.”
Update: President Trump Signs Executive Order To Advance The Keystone XL Pipeline
Date: January 24th, 2017
“President Donald Trump signed executive actions on Tuesday to advance the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, setting off a clash with Democrats and environmental activists who vehemently oppose the projects.
Keystone XL has been at the center of one of the largest opposition campaigns in the history of the environmental movement, with activists conducting a years-long campaign to kill the project. Former President Barack Obama rejected Keystone in 2015 after a lengthy analysis of the pipeline.
During the presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly promised to green-light Keystone XL, which if completed would carry Canadian oil sands crude from Alberta to Texas.
Trump has also said that he wants the U.S. government to get 25 percent of Keystone’s profits. Negotiating that type of unusual deal with Keystone developer TransCanada and the Canadian government would likely prove difficult.”
“President Donald Trump has signed executive actions to advance the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines.
Trump tells reporters in the Oval Office that the moves on the pipelines will be subject to the terms and conditions being renegotiated by the U.S.
President Barack Obama killed the proposed Keystone XL pipeline in late 2015, saying it would hurt American efforts to reach a global climate change deal.
The pipeline would run from Canada to U.S. refineries in the Gulf Coast. The U.S. government needs to approve the pipeline because it crossed the border.
The Army decided last year to explore alternate routes for the Dakota pipeline after the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters said the pipeline threatened1 drinking water and Native American cultural sites.”
“President Trump signed executive orders on Tuesday effectively reviving the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipeline projects, which had been stalled by the Obama administration under pressure from environmental and other groups.
The president said both projects would be subject to a renegotiation of the terms.
The president signed a total of five orders related to pipeline construction, including others expediting the permitting process for related projects and directing the Commerce Department to maximize the use of U.S. steel.
The moves had been widely expected, as Trump blasted his predecessor for effectively blocking the projects.
While the Canada-to-Texas Keystone project was at the center of a heated debate for years until the Obama administration rejected a key permit in November 2015, the Dakota pipeline more recently became the subject of fierce protests until the Army Corps of Engineers in December blocked construction of a controversial segment.
The company behind the Keystone XL project, TransCanada, has not yet reapplied for a pipeline permit, after having withdrawn its request under the Obama administration.”
“President Trump on Tuesday signed orders to advance construction of the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines.
The orders do not grant the final permits needed for the oil pipelines, but will move both projects toward approval, a person familiar with the action said.
The Trump administration began to inform lawmakers starting late Monday that the orders were coming.
The orders fulfill Trump’s campaign promises to approve both pipelines, which have staunch support from the oil industry and the GOP but are strongly opposed by Democrats and environmentalists.”