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The company behind the controversial Keystone XL pipeline has announced that it is officially ending the project. TC Energy had already suspended construction in January when President Biden revoked a key cross-border presidential permit. The announcement ends a decade-long battle that has come to signify the debate over whether fossil fuels should be left in the ground to tackle climate change.
Environmentalists opposed the pipeline in part because of the oil it would carry – crude oil from the Alberta tar sands. It requires more processing than most oils, so its production emits more greenhouse gases.
TC Energy began construction of the pipeline last year and said about 300 miles of the $ 8 billion project have been built. It would have transported oil from landlocked Alberta to the US Gulf Coast.
Keystone XL supporters, including most of the oil industry, said building the pipeline would have created much-needed construction jobs.
“It is unfortunate that political obstructionism led to the termination of the Keystone XL pipeline. It is a blow to America’s energy security and a blow to the thousands of well-paying union jobs this project would have. sustained, “said Robin Rorick, vice president of the American Petroleum Institute. president of intermediate and industrial operations.
Climate activists applauded the decision.
“For 13 years an international movement of frontline communities in the United States and Canada, Indigenous leaders and environmentalists have fought each time against this terrible proposed project,” said Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brunette in a press release. “Today we can say once again that our efforts have been a resounding success.”