TC Energy, the Canadian company behind the project, said it had decided to end the project after a thorough review of its capabilities and consultations with the government of Alberta, Canada. The company said it would coordinate with regulators, stakeholders and local groups to ensure a safe exit from the project.
The cancellation ended more than a decade of disputes over the pipeline and made a big profit for conservationists, who say the project threatens the environment and will only exacerbate the climate crisis.
The project aimed to transport oil from the tar sands of Canada to the United States and has been political football for years.
On his first day at the White House, President Joe Biden revoked the permit his predecessor had given Keystone XL, and also moved back into the United States in the Paris Climate Agreement. At the time, TC Energy warned that Biden̵
The end of Keystone XL will increase pressure on Biden from conservationists to shut down other projects, including line 3 and the Dakota access pipeline.
“The repeal of Keystone XL reminds us that this project was never necessary and never in the public interest and that it is time for the fossil fuel era to end quickly,” said David Turnbull, director of strategic communications at Oil Change International.
The American Petroleum Institute, the largest trading group in the oil and gas industry, expressed disappointment with the news.
“It’s unfortunate that political obstructionism has led to the shutdown of the Keystone XL pipeline,” said Robin Rorick, vice president of environmental and industry operations at API. “It’s a blow to US energy security and a blow to the thousands of well-paid union jobs that this project would support.”
Marty Durbin, president of the Chamber of Commerce’s Global Energy Institute, said the decision to end the project was understandable given the administration’s decision, but in the end “the American people will lose the most without access to affordable and reliable energy.” would have been safely and efficiently transported by pipeline. “
However, environmental groups cheered the news.
“The termination of this zombie pipeline sets a precedent for President Biden and the polluters to stop Line 3, Dakota Access and all fossil fuel projects,” Kendall Mackie, manager of the “Keep It in the Ground” campaign, told 350.org.