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Monday, 01 April 2019 11:00

New pipeline to be constructed in USA

New pipeline to be constructed in USA

The American Petroleum Institute has issued a statement in support of US President Donald Trump’s issuance of a new Presidential permit for Keystone XL (KXL).  This action reaffirms the national importance of this critical project to U.S. consumers and energy security and will help drive the project towards completion after more than 10 years of extensive environmental review, Caspian Energy News ( reports with reference to the press statement of API.

“We applaud the Administration for taking a no-nonsense approach to permitting this essential critical infrastructure project. The Keystone XL Pipeline has passed every environmental review conducted over the last decade under both the Obama and Trump administrations. Every study has concluded it can be built safely, with no significant impact to the environment,” said API’s President and CEO, Mike Sommers.

The KXL Pipeline will create thousands of high-paying jobs, add millions of dollars to the nation’s economy and safely transport oil to Texas refineries where thousands of American workers are employed.

Multiple federal and state agencies have conducted numerous environmental reviews of the project since 2008, all of which have concluded that constructing KXL is in the national interest and does not pose significant environmental impacts. In addition, the project was approved by Congress in 2015 and the Nebraska Public Service Commission in 2017.

It stands to mention that President Donald Trump signed a decree on implementation of the Keystone project as early as January 2017. “We intend to re-negotiate (with Canada – editorial note) certain conditions”, he stated then. He also said that the conditions for construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline across several US states would be revised.

In November 2015 US President Barack Obama unveiled the Washington’s decision to abandon construction of the Keystone oil pipeline from the Alberta province, Canada, towards the United States, as the project would not to bring significant benefits to the American economy and would undermine “global US leadership in the fight against climate change”. The opponents of this decision argued that the project was capable of giving impetus to the development of American industry, providing it with energy resources.

Several hundred activists had previously spoken against construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota. They feared that it could adversely affect the quality of drinking water and lead to “desecration of the sacred lands” of the Indians. The route passes through the states of North and South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois. In December 2016, the US authorities met many months of protests and agreed to reconsider the route of the pipeline. During the protests, about 600 people were detained at various times and then released.

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Person in charge of the newsline: Olga Nagiyeva 


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