The Keystone pipeline has just been given the green light after a more than year long political battle.
The pipeline was approved by Congress last year, but was ultimately rejected by former President Barack Obama.
Per Yahoo Finance:
The Trump administration issued a permit Friday to build the Keystone XL pipeline, reversing the Obama administration and clearing the way for the $8 billion project to finally be completed.
Advocates for Keystone say the pipeline is an investment in energy independence:
TransCanada, the Calgary-based company that first applied for a presidential permit in 2008, called the decision a “significant milestone.”
“We greatly appreciate President Trump’s administration for reviewing and approving this important initiative,” said TransCanada CEO Russ Girling. “We look forward to working with them as we continue to invest in and strengthen North America’s energy infrastructure.”
Although securing a presidential permit was a big step, it is one of many:
Portions of Keystone have already been built. Completing it required a permit to cross from Canada into the U.S.
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Yet even with a presidential permit, the pipeline still faces obstacles – most notably the route, which is still being heavily litigated in the states. Native American tribes and landowners have joined environmental groups in opposing the pipeline.
TransCanada said Friday it would continue engaging with “neighbors throughout Nebraska, Montana and South Dakota to obtain the necessary permits and approvals to advance this project to construction.”
Some people on Twitter are frustrated with the decision: