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Trump just approved the Keystone XL Pipeline

President Donald Trump announced Friday he has formally approved a Canadian firm's application to construct the Keystone Pipeline, a project long block by his predecessor and demanded by GOP lawmakers.

President Trump hailed the State Department's approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline as a big win for American workers.

But it's still anything but clear when work can begin on uncompleted sections of the pipeline, which is created to carry crude from the oil sands of Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.

Kleeb said her organization understands construction of the pipeline will create employment, but contends the risk is too great for a section of it to stretch through her state. Which could end up looking a lot like the fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline previous year.

The proposed Keystone XL pipeline will carry 800,000 barrels of tar sands oil from the fields in Alberta, Canada, to Steele City, Nebraska, where it meets another Keystone pipeline to send the oil to refineries on the gulf coast.

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That fight is expected to take place in states the pipeline would travel through, especially in Nebraska, where some landowners and environmentalists have led a years-long legal battle to stop the pipeline. "Of course other countries will take note that the U.S.is authorizing a pipeline to transport some of the most carbon-intensive fossil fuels on the planet and help bring them to market".

The Republican Senator went on to signal that Welspun Tubular, a Little Rock pipe manufacturer, has already produced hundreds of miles of the pipe required for the project.

Environmental groups argue that pipelines are not safe because leaks are common and contribute to massive environmental damage.

The State Department was formally responsible for the permit TransCanada was given to construct a line that crosses the US border. This move will clear the way for the White House to issue a presidential permit. And on the eve of the worldwide climate talks in Paris, Obama said that rejecting the pipeline would bolster US credibility and leadership at the talks.

President Trump also insisted that the pipeline be made with US steel and that the USA should get "a piece of the profits", which would lower the project's margins.

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"We will surely be seeking a new environmental review", he said, noting that the State Department in its approval decision apparently relied on an environmental review from 2013 due to the president's deadline that the department had to make a determination on Keystone XL within 60 days. And Trump's touting of the number of jobs to be created by the project - hyperbolic by most estimates - could also draw increased scrutiny to its economic benefits, particularly for the blue-collar tradesmen whose lot the president has promised to improve.

At a White House event attended by TransCanada chief executive officer Russell Girling and Sean McGarvey, president of North America's Building Trades Unions, Mr. Trump heralded what he called "a new era of American energy policy" that he said would lower costs for United States consumers, reduce reliance on foreign oil sources, and create thousands of jobs.

In 2015, the Obama administration rejected construction of the pipeline, saying it would detract from America's global leadership on issues related to climate change. The company said, in its statement, that it "will continue to engage with stakeholders and neighbors" in these states to secure the necessary approvals.

He said TransCanada could now build Keystone "with efficiency and with speed" and said the federal government was working out final details "as we speak". It's one thing to drill, drill, drill. and we should.

"Over a hundred individuals, tribes, and landowners have applied to become an intervener", said Jane Kleeb, president of Bold Nebraska, one of the advocacy groups opposing the construction of the pipeline.

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