On Friday the White House released a statement saying that the permit has been issued for the Canadian company to begin constructions of the Keystone XL pipeline. The press release issued by the Department of State authorized Trans Canada Corp to begin construction:
“To construct, connect, operate, and maintain pipeline facilities at the U.S.-Canadian border in Phillips County, Montana, for the importation of crude oil.”
The presidential permit was signed by Thomas Shannon the Undersecretary of State because Secretary of State Tillerson had recused himself in February. The reason why Tillerson had recused himself was a result of his past dealings with Exxon Mobile.
The Sierra Club and Greenpeace USA released a statement furious with the White House:
“The dirty and dangerous Keystone XL pipeline is one of the worst deals imaginable for the American people, so of course Donald Trump supports it. This project has already been defeated, and it will be once again. The project faces a long fight ahead in the states, “Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune said in a statement today. “We’re living in what feels to be the worst version of Groundhog Day imaginable, as every morning we’re waking up to yet another decision made by Trump that would be disastrous for our climate, our communities, and our health — but Trump will not succeed.”
“The State Department just sent a signal to the rest of the world that the United States government is moving backwards when it comes to climate and energy,” according to a statement from Greenpeace USA executive director Annie Leonard today. “The world simply cannot afford to transport or burn the Canadian tar sands if we hope to have any chance at avoiding catastrophic climate change. Keystone was stopped once before, and it will be stopped again.”
Once complete the pipeline will carry oil from Canada to Nebraska then connect to existing pipelines that service the Gulf of Mexico. The Trump administration has promised that many jobs will come from this project.
How many jobs actually come from this project remains to be seen Trans Canada said 50 actual jobs will be created as a result of the project. But, CEO Russ Girling Trans Canada said other jobs will be created as a result of the pipeline.