Canceling pipelines presents challenges
January 20, 2021
President-elect Joe Biden has indicated that his first order of business as president will be cancellation of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. Rescinding the pipeline permit fulfills a campaign promise he made in May.
The proposed 1,210-mile pipeline is owned by TransCanada Pipeline; it will carry tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to ports on the United States’ Gulf Coast.
Many people, including tribes, environmentalists and members of the fossil fuel industry, wonder if Biden might move to cancel other pipeline projects such as the U.S.-based Dakota Access Pipeline, owned by Energy Transfer, and Line 3, owned by Enbridge, based in Calgary, Canada.