According to Canadian media reports, future US President Joe Biden plans to withdraw the approval for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline between the US and Canada. As the TV stations CBC and CTV reported, citing internal papers, Biden wants to stop the project after his inauguration on Wednesday.
Joe Biden probably wants to stop the controversial Keystone XL pipeline on 1 day in office as US President. https://t.co/8jxLStflbIpic.twitter.com/xo6FqaCXWJ
?? SWR Environment (@Emweltnews) January 18, 2021
The equivalent of almost seven billion euros, the pipeline was supposed to transport around 500,000 barrels of oil a day from tar sand deposits in Alberta, Canada, to refineries in the US state of Texas. Alberta Prime Minister Jason Kenney told Twitter that he was “deeply concerned” about the reports. “Should the future US government revoke the Keystone XL approval, Alberta will work with TC Energy to use all legal options to protect his interests in the project, “announced Kenney.
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
The outgoing US President Donald Trump had given the green light for the construction of Keystone XL in spring 2017. Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama had rejected the project mainly for reasons of climate protection.
Environmentalists warn, among other things, of the catastrophic consequences of possible leaks. The y also complain that too many greenhouse gases are released in the complicated process of extracting oil from tar sand. (apa, afp)