Plans indicate Biden may rescind Keystone XL pipeline permit on day one
WASHINGTON — CBC reports that, according to an inside source, President-elect Joe Biden’s first day in the Oval Office may include plans to rescind the Keystone XL Pipeline permit.
During his campaign, Biden promised to revoke the permit, issued to TC Energy Corp, if he became president. He was vice president during the Obama administration in 2015 when the project was rejected.
President Trump issued a presidential permit in 2017, which allowed the pipeline to move forward. Lawsuits on behalf of environmental groups were filed against the U.S. government in response.
Legal issues have plagued the pipeline project, which would bring oil from Alberta to Nebraska, since its inception.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney took to Twitter to express his concerns for the potential permit revocation, stating that jobs “on both sides” would be lost.
I am deeply concerned by reports that the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden may repeal the Presidential permit for the Keystone XL border crossing next week.
My full statement: pic.twitter.com/vZjun1IdMH
— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) January 18, 2021
Kenney stated that if the permit is in fact rejected, the government of Alberta will work with TC Energy Corp on all available legal avenues.
(information provided by CBC and Reuters; AP has not provided independent verification)