Trump Gives OK to Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines


U.S. President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to move forward on construction of two controversial oil pipelines that impact Canada, giving his OK to the Keystone XL and Dakota Access projects.

According to Reuters, Trump signed an order that states if pipelines are built in the United States, they should use U.S. steel.

In signing the order giving approval for the Keystone pipeline, Trump said, “We are going to renegotiate some of the terms.”

Trump also signed an order on the Dakota Access Pipeline, saying it is subject to terms and conditions.

Former U.S. president Barack Obama killed the proposed Keystone XL pipeline in late 2015, declaring it would have undercut U.S. efforts to clinch a global climate change deal that was a centrepiece of his environmental legacy.

The proposed 1,900-kilometre pipeline would run from Hardisty, Alta., to Steele City, Neb. The U.S. government needed to approve the pipeline because it crossed the border.

The U.S. Army decided last year to explore alternate routes for the Dakota pipeline after the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters said the pipeline threatened drinking water and Native American cultural sites.

The person with knowledge of the decisions insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to confirm the moves ahead of a formal announcement.

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