Keystone XL Pipeline
The Keystone Pipeline XL is a TransCanada project that would run 1179 miles from tar sands in Alberta, Canada to Steele City, Nebraska. The U.S. segment would run 875 miles through Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska. Former Secretary of State John Kerry denied TransCanada a presidential permit in November 2015 due to environmental concerns about the impact of the pipeline on local resources, water supplies, and cultural heritage sites. On Jan. 24, 2017, Trump signed an executive order inviting TransCanada to submit their application again and directing the State Department to rule on the application within 60 days of submission.
2014.03.10 Keystone XL Pipeline Primer factcheck.org 2015.08.18 Trump tweets intention to immediately approve Keystone XL pipeline if he wins presidential election. cnn.com (See also 2016 Campaign, Environment) 2017.01.23 First 100 days: What executive actions has Trump taken? bbc.com (See also First 100 Days, Abortion, Dakota Access Pipeline, Mexico City Policy (aka Global Gag Rule), Trans-Pacific Partnership, Native Americans) 2017.01.24 A look at the jobs the Keystone XL Pipeline would create under Trump's executive order forbes.com (See also First 100 Days, Canada, Jobs) 2017.01.24 Trump resurrects Keystone and DAPL. Trump has invested in Energy Transfer Partners the partner behind Dakota Access. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days, Dakota Access Pipeline, Climate Change, NAFTA, Conflicts of Interest, Native Americans) 2017.01.24 Trump signs executive orders to advance construction on the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. cnbc.com (See also First 100 Days, Dakota Access Pipeline, Conflicts of Interest, Native Americans) 2017.01.25 President Trump's executive orders related to the Keystone XL and Dakota Pipeline projects do not amount to 'green lights.' Here are the caveats and hurdles that must be cleared before the builders can proceed. forbes.com (See also First 100 Days, Dakota Access Pipeline, Native Americans) 2017.01.26 Trump’s executive orders, drawn up without consulting his Cabinet or legal experts, leave government agencies in the dark, Republican leaders scrambling to catch up, and policy experts wondering if some of them are even legal. vanityfair.com (See also First 100 Days, Stephen Miller, James Mattis, Department of Defense, Mike Pompeo, Central Intelligence Agency, Sanctuary Cities, Mexico Wall, Steve Bannon, Unprecedented Actions) 2017.02.02 The economics of the Keystone XL pipeline are unstable and a border-adjustment system could kill Trump's beloved pipeline. bloomberg.com (See also First 100 Days) 2017.03.03 Most of the steel for the Keystone XL and the Dakota Access pipeline projects appears to have been manufactured in Canada by a subsidiary of the Russian steel giant Evraz, not in America as directed in Trump's February 16 executive order. ecowatch.com (See also Dakota Access Pipeline, Conflicts of Interest) 2017.03.03 White House announces that the Keystone XL pipeline is exempt from Trump's executive order requiring pipelines use American steel because the order specifies new construction and repairs.The Keystone XL does not meet those criteria because it is already under construction. thehill.com (See also First 100 Days, Jobs) 2017.03.05 Trump reverses pledge to use U.S. Steel for Keystone Pipeline instead deciding to buy the steel from a Russian Billionaire Oligarch with close ties to Putin. huffingtonpost.com (See also Russia, First 100 Days, Dakota Access Pipeline, Trade, Conflicts of Interest, Promises vs Actions) 2017.11.16 About 5,000 barrels of oil, or about 210,000 gallons, gushed out of the Keystone Pipeline on Thursday in South Dakota, blackening a grassy field in the remote northeast part of the state and sending cleanup crews and emergency workers scrambling to the site. nytimes.com (See also Environment) 2017.11.20 TransCanada’s $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline got the go-ahead from the Nebraska Public Service Commission, despite a rupture in the existing pipeline which leaked an estimated 5,000 barrels of crude oil into South Dakota. washingtonpost.com
Opponents to the Keystone XL pipeline believe it worsens global warming and will result in hazardous oil spills while supporters say it will create jobs and lessen U.S. dependence on Middle Eastern oil. While there would be a few thousand jobs created during construction these jobs would be temporary and limited to the span of the project, at most two years. Only 50 jobs would be generated long term to operate the project. Refining the Canadian bitumen from tar sands into usable fuels produces between 70 percent and 110 percent more greenhouse emissions than average transportation fuel. An average of 4.1 million gallons of petroleum and other hazardous materials spilled each year between 2004 and 2014. (Factcheck.org)
- The Keystone XL project: We examine the facts about jobs, spills, climate change, and gasoline prices.