Canada determined to diversify despite Keystone XL approval

TransCanada needed a presidential permit to build the line because it is planned to cross an global border.

Trump also used the opportunity to talk about his election victory in November 2016, saying that he believed voters supported his stance on the pipeline: "They appreciated it ... very much at the polls, as you probably noticed, so we're very happy about it".

Bouchard said the need for pipelines has also dropped in recent years as the growth of the oilsands has slowed, so not all of the pipelines proposed to export Alberta oil will be needed in the next decade.

Despite the businessman's savvy negotiating skills, the pipeline would create far less jobs than what the current president is predicting.

"We will never allow an inch of this foreign steel pipeline carrying foreign tar sands that can pollute our water and take away property rights and threaten the treaty rights of the tribes here in Nebraska".

Environmental groups have expressed that they will do everything in their power to fight the Keystone Pipeline's approval, including protests, petitions and political pressures.

In November 2015, after years of foot-dragging, Barack Obama finally blocked the Keystone XL Pipeline.

"You've been waiting for a long, long time", Trump said to TransCanada's Russ Girling. Keystone would strengthen US energy security by increasing access to Canada's "dependable supply of crude oil", said the State Department.

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. They point to specific conclusions embedded in past US reviews - that if oil prices remain low and no other pipelines get built, the expansion of Alberta's oilsands will slow and so will its greenhouse-gas emissions.

Sen. John Thune and Rep. Kristi Noem, both Republicans, on Friday celebrated the decision to issue a permit to build the $8 billion project.

Keystone still needs approval from state authorities in Nebraska, where some landowners oppose the project and have sued TransCanada. There it could join an existing pipeline. TransCanada will "continue to engage key stakeholders and neighbours" in Nebraska, Montana and South Dakota to obtain required permits and approvals for the project's construction, according to the statement.

However, in this case, The Associated Press reported Thursday that the decision would come from Undersecretary of State Tom Shannon because his boss, former oil executive Rex Tillerson, has recused himself from the decision.

  • Anthony Vega