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Trump administration approves Keystone XL permit, construction to move forward

The Keystone XL Pipeline project is set to move forward after the Trump administration on Friday issued a permit for work to proceed.

Rows of pipeline to be used for the Keystone XL Pipeline are stacked alongside Highway 12 just outside of Gascoyne on the far east side of Bowman County. (Pioneer Photo by Bryce Martin)

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The Keystone XL pipeline project is set to move forward after the Trump administration on Friday approved a permit for its construction.

Oil and natural gas giant TransCanada submitted its initial application for approval of the pipeline at the end of the last decade. Approval for the permit was vetoed by President Barack Obama during his second term in office. But a few days into his presidency, Donald Trump signed an executive order opening the door for TransCanada to reapply for a presidential permit.

The U.S. State Department approved the permit Friday morning.

North Dakota’s legislators, on a bipartisan level, were pleased with the announcement.

“This project is not only about energy, but also job creation, economic growth and making America more secure by reducing our dependence on Middle Eastern oil,” Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said in a statement Friday morning. “Approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline is a clear signal that our nation is once again open for business and that we are committed to building the infrastructure we need now and in the future.”

“Tough talk about infrastructure and diverse energy needs is easy – but that talk needs to be followed by real actions,” said Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. “Now that the Administration has cleared this hurdle for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.”

The pipeline would be able to move up to 830,000 barrels of oil per day, including 100,000 barrels from the Bakken region, and provide approximately 20,000 direct jobs.

When completed, the Keystone XL will extend down from Canada, navigate to the southeast directly through Baker, Mont., and join the existing Keystone pipeline in Nebraska. It would narrowly miss the southwestern corner of Bowman County.

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