Trump Issues Permit For Keystone XL Pipeline

The Trump administration on Friday issued a permit for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to be built, effectively reversing the previous White Houseโ€™s decision to reject the plans two years ago. According to the Associated Press, the U.S. State Department, in reviewing the project plans, decided the pipeline would be in โ€œthe national interest,โ€ despite numerous environmental and legal concerns surrounding the project. The White House said that President Trump will address the Keystone approval in a Friday announcement. โ€œWe greatly appreciate President Trump’s administration for reviewing and approving this important initiative,โ€ said the CEO of TransCanada, the company that received the permit. โ€œWe look forward to working with them as we continue to invest in and strengthen North America’s energy infrastructure.โ€ Even with an approved permit, the 1,700-mile pipeline still faces significant hurdles as portions of its planned route are being litigated at the state level.