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Keystone XL pipeline project scrapped

Pipes to be used for the Keystone XL pipeline are stored in a field near Dorchester, Neb. Associated Press/ Photo by Chris Machian/Omaha World-Herald

Keystone XL pipeline project scrapped

The key sponsor of the pipeline said Wednesday it would work with government agencies to safely terminate the project. President Joe Biden revoked the permit for the controversial pipeline, which would have transported crude oil from western Canada to Steele City, Neb., on his first day in office. Former President Donald Trump authorized construction on the 1,200-mile pipeline last year after the project stalled under the Obama administration.

What caused the delay? Since the project was announced in 2008, it has faced opposition from environmentalists who argue burning oil sands would speed up climate change. Native American groups in Montana and South Dakota said the pipeline jeopardized their land and water. Attorneys general from 21 states filed a lawsuit to overturn Biden’s suspension of the project, as the cancellation would kill thousands of construction jobs. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also objected to the move as Alberta has invested more than $1 billion in the project last year.

Dig deeper: From the WORLD archive, read Cal Thomas’s column on the 2015 suspension of the project.

Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD’s Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University–Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria.



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Allen Johnson

I congratulate the massive numbers of people who prayed, organized, worked diligently to oppose the Keystone XL for years and years. And now success!
Many reasons to oppose this dirty, tar sands oil project that much would be refined and exported. Native Indian peoples led the fight. Mammon lost.

RCRE8109Allen Johnson

What “God” were the Native Americans praying to?
What is God’s stand on oil pipelines? Do you have a Biblical reference for that as well?

Big JimAllen Johnson

You do realize that the tar sands oil will still be extracted and still be transported to and through the US, right? Only now it will be moved primarily via rail (Warren Buffet is rejoicing), a far less safe and less environmentally sound method vis a vis pipeline.