President Trump issued a permit for the long-disputed Keystone XL Pipeline on Friday. The decision ended nearly a decade-long dispute that allows the oil pipeline to be built from Canada to America’s heartland. While a victory for TransCanada (TRP), the company behind the pipeline, CEO Russ Girling said there are still hurdles to clear. "It’s a great day for our company, and the workers that are going to be put to work,” he said during the announcement at the White House.
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FOX Business takes a look at the key milestones and setbacks that shaped the pipeline which will now help advance the new administration’s pro-business agenda.
How We Got Here:
A Pipeline Is Born
September 2008 – June 2010: TransCanada filed its first application to the U.S.. State Department for a cross-border permit. Two years later, the initial leg of the Keystone pipeline went into operation.
Obama Administration: Not So Fast
January 2012: President Obama formally rejected TransCanada's permit, blaming congressional Republicans for forcing his hand. In May 2012, TransCanada reapplied for the State Department permit, which included a new route through Nebraska instead of the previously planned route through Texas. Finally, in November 2015, Obama rejected the request from TransCanada to build the pipeline, ending a seven-year review.
January 2014: Despite outcries from environmental groups fiercely opposed to the project, the State Department released its final environmental impact statement, finding that the pipeline wouldn't significantly exacerbate climate change.
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TransCanada vs. Nebraska
2014: Nebraskan landowners filed lawsuits against TransCanada alleging building the pipeline through the state violated the state's constitution. About a year later, TransCanada filed legal papers in nine Nebraska counties to invoke eminent domain for the land that’s needed to construct, operate and maintain the pipeline.
Trump Presidency & the Pipeline
Summer 2016: As Trump ramped up his presidential campaign, he publicized his support of the pipeline. This as TransCanada sought $15 billion in damages from the federal government in response to the Obama administration’s rejection of the Keystone pipeline. Following Trump’s win in November 2016, the pipeline got a new lease on life. Trump signed executive actions to advance the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, along with the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline in January, leading to the construction permit issuance in March.
Sources compiled from the Fox News Brainroom, Associated Press