President Obama’s rejected the Keystone Pipeline Deal Friday, what does that mean? A big win for U.S. farmers and a Canada’s dreams of exporting crude oil out of North America crushed. Seven years after TransCanada first proposed building the XL Pipeline, the U.S. has hardly made it a priority. In the other we have environmentalists and farmers celebrating not loosing valuable land to oil miners.
The project has been controversial in many ag-dependent states from the beginning . In April, farmers and ranchers marched into Washington D.C to protest the pipeline, and efforts like that one have helped make the presidents decision. In Nebraska, Willie Nelson and Neil Young sang in opposition at concerts warning through lyrics that a “company wants to build a tar sand pipeline where it don’t belong.”
The hugely controversial 1,179 mile-long pipeline would have brought tar sands oil from Canada, across the U.S. border, to refineries in the Gulf Coast. Keystone XL represents the final phase of TransCanada’s $13 billion, 3,800-mile pipeline system. Because would have crossed international borders, a Presidential Permit would have been required to green-light the pipeline’s construction.
For activists, Friday’s announcement was a celebration of the countless hours they’ve invested fighting the pipeline.
Proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline. (Map licensed under Creative Commons)