Developer Drops Keystone XL Plans

It's the latest turn of the screw for a project that has depended on the occupant in the White House.

June 10, 2021, 10:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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Protestors gather outside the White House to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline in August 2011. | Rena Schild / Shutterstock

"The Canadian pipeline company that had long sought to build the Keystone XL pipeline announced Wednesday that it had terminated the embattled project," reports Coral Davenport.

The project would have carried petroleum from Canada to Nebraska, and it faced stiff resistance from protestors and legal battles in the decade-plus that developer TC Energy pushed for the project. The Obama administration was thought to have killed the project in 2015, but the Trump administration brought the project back from the dead.

One of the first acts of the Biden administration was to rescind the construction permit for the project, reversing the Trump administration's support for the project. Despite Trump's support, the project had stalled in courts—in 2018, a federal judge in Montana declared the environmental review for the project to be inadequate.

Now environmentalists are pushing for the Biden administration to take similar actions to halt stop Line 3, Dakota Access, and all fossil fuel projects, according to Davenport.

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