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Keystone XL set to be approved by Trump administration

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The White House could become one step closer to granting a presidential permit to TransCanada for construction of the US$8 billion, 1700 mile Keystone XL pipeline. According to news sources, US administration officials have suggested that the US State Department is expected to approve the pipeline before next week.

As cited by CBC Canada, the Associated Press reported that two anonymous officials claimed that the State Department will recommend that Keystone XL is in US interests. This approval would mark the end of a block on the pipeline that was granted by the Obama administration, who rejected the pipeline after deeming it contrary to US interests.

While the White House would not comment, it did state that it would offer an update today. The State Department spokesman, Mark Toner, told the Associated Press that officials had re-examined the pipeline and “we’re looking at new factors.”

“I don’t want to speak to those until we’ve reached a decision or conclusion," Toner added.

The proposed Keystone XL would carry approximately 800 000 bpd of oil from Alberta (Canada) to refineries along the Gulf Coast (USA). The project is also expected to create several jobs.

President Trump has backed the idea that the pipeline will prove to be a job creator, Bloomberg stated. Inviting TransCanada (the company behind Keystone KL) to resubmit an application for the required permit to build the pipeline was one of Trump’s first actions in Office. He granted State officials a 60 day period, ending on Monday 27 March, to complete a review of the project.

According to the unnamed sources, Tom Shannon, the State Department's undersecretary for political affairs, will give the agency's recommendation and, perhaps, sign TransCanada’s permit.

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