TC Energy, the Canadian company behind the project, said it decided to end the project after a full review of its options and consultation with the government of Alberta, Canada. The company said it will coordinate with regulators, stakeholders and indigenous groups to ensure a safe exit from the project.
The cancellation ends more than a decade of controversy over the pipeline and marks a big victory for environmentalists who argued the project threatened the environment and would only worsen the climate crisis.
The project was to transport oil from the tar sands from Canada to the United States, and it has been political football for years.
On his first day in the White House, President Joe Biden revoked the permit his predecessor had granted Keystone XL and also decided to return to the United States under the Paris climate agreement. TC Energy warned at the time that Biden’s decision “would lead directly to the dismissal of thousands of unionized workers.”
The end of Keystone XL will add pressure on Biden by environmentalists to shut down other projects, including Line 3 and the Dakota Access pipeline.
“The cancellation of Keystone XL is a reminder that this project was never necessary and never in the public interest, and that it is time for the era of fossil fuels to end quickly”, David Turnbull, communications director strategic at Oil Change International, said in a statement.
The American Petroleum Institute, the oil and gas industry’s largest trading group, has expressed disappointment at the news.
“It is unfortunate that political obstructionism led to the shutdown of the Keystone XL pipeline,” said Robin Rorick, vice president of midstream and industrial operations at API. “This is a blow to America’s energy security and a blow to the thousands of well-paying union jobs this project would have supported.”
Marty Durbin, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce’s Global Energy Institute, said the decision to end the project was understandable given the administration’s decision, but that in the end “the American people will lose the most. by not having access to affordable and reliable energy that would have been transported safely and efficiently through the pipeline. “
Environmental groups, however, applauded the news.
“The end of this zombie pipeline sets a precedent for President Biden and the polluters to stop Line 3, Dakota Access and all fossil fuel projects,” said Kendall Mackey, campaign manager for the Keep It in the Ground campaign. of 350.org, in a press release.