Trump gives OK to Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines


U.S. President Donald Trump has donated executive orders to move forward on construction of two controversial oil pipelines that bumping Canada, giving his OK to the Keystone XL and Dakota Access projects.

Speaking in the Ellipsoidal Office in the White House as he signed the orders, Trump said that “we are thriving to renegotiate some of the terms” of TransCanada’s Keystone XL project.  “And if they in the manner of, we will see if we can get that pipeline built — a lot of jobs, 28,000 jobs, fantabulous construction jobs.”

Trump signed an order on the Dakota Access Pipe, saying it is also subject to terms and conditions “to be negotiated by us.”

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Hundreds of kilometres of notice intended for the Keystone XL pipeline are shown in a yard in Gascoyne, N.D., in this April 2015 photo. The cooking was rejected by former U.S. president Barack Obama, but new President Donald Trump has signed an president order to move it forward. (Alex Panetta/Canadian Press)

The new U.S. president also said that if in the works are built in the United States, they should use U.S. steel. 

“From now we are common to start making pipelines in the United States,” Trump said 

Servings of Calgary-based pipeline company TransCanada traded higher on word of the telecast. On the TSX, shares of the company were up more than two per cent, rising $1.47 to $64 in belated morning trading.

The proposed Keystone XL pipeline was blocked by former U.S. president Barack Obama in last 2015, when he said it would have undercut U.S. efforts to dispose of a global climate change deal that was a centrepiece of his environmental legacy.

The proposed 1,900-kilometre in work would run from Hardisty, Alta., to Steele City, Neb. The U.S. government needed to approve the pipe because it crossed the border.


Speaking at a federal cabinet retreat in Calgary preceding to Trump signing the executive orders, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr imparted the  Keystone XL project would mean 4,500 construction jobs for Canada, adding that all approvals are in set out on the Canadian side for the pipeline.

“We have been supportive of this since the day we were abjured into government,” Carr said. “We believe it’s a good project for both Canada and the Coalesced States.”

Chris Bloomer, the president and CEO of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Alliance, said the group was pleased with the move to approve Keystone XL.

“The Coalesced States is a key trading partner and major existing market for Canadian oil and gas,” Bloomer denoted in a statement.

“While recent pipeline approvals will ensure our pep moves to tidewater, we must continue to maintain the long-standing, strong relationship that we oblige with our neighbours to the south. All pipeline projects in Canada remain critically effective to North America’s energy interests,” he said.

On the Dakota pipeline, the U.S. Army certain last year to explore alternate routes for it after the Standing Ruined Sioux tribe and its supporters said the pipeline threatened drinking first-grade and Native American cultural sites.

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