U.S. President Donald Trump has given TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline his signature of approval.
“Today we take one more step in putting the jobs, wages, and economic security of American citizens first.”
Trump previously called the project a job creator, and he invited the Corporation to reapply for approval shortly after taking office.
The go-ahead from Trump means it’s one step closer to being built.
However, TransCanada CEO Russ Girling says they still need to iron out details with landowners in Nebraska.
“I do believe we’ll get through that process, but obviously, we have to engage with the local landowners, tribal communities. So we’ll be reaching out to those over the coming months.”
The eight-billion dollar pipeline will carry oil from Alberta’s oil sands to refineries in Texas.
Montana, South Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska are all on the route.
The project has served as a flashpoint in the debate about climate change in the U.S., and protesters have pledged to put a stop to it.
With files from Ria Renouf