Keystone XL pipeline opponents want decision reviewed

By  Glen Argan, Catholic Register Special

EDMONTON – In light of U.S. President Donald Trump’s go-ahead for the Keystone XL pipeline, Canadian environmentalists are urging Ottawa to take another look at the controversial project it approved seven years ago.

A file photo taken in 2012 shows pipes stacked at a storage yard in the TransCanada Pipe Yard near Cushing, Okla., to be used for the Keystone XL pipeline from Cushing to the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. President Donald Trump reversed his predecessor’s decision to kill the pipeline.The 2010 National Energy Board approval of Keystone XL was done without any consideration for Canada’s climate commitments, says the Toronto-based group, Environmental Defence. Canadian approval of the pipeline came prior to Canada’s signing of the Paris Climate Agreement and before the Pan-Canadian Framework was put in place.

The pipeline is to export bitumen from the Alberta oil sands via a line running 1,897 kilometres from Hardisty, Alta., to the U.S. Gulf Coast where it will be refined.

Patrick DeRochie, Environmental Defence’s climate and energy program manager, said “The game has changed in the last seven years.”

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