by Sojourner Staff
WASHINGTON D.C. – Donald Trump’s administration, Friday, announced their official approval of continuing the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline which had been halted by the Obama administration in 2015.
The construction of the pipeline, by TransCanada Corp, is likely to anger environmental activists, according to Reuters, who reported that groups like Greenpeace, among others, are vowing to challenge the project.
With the protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline near Cannon Ball, North Dakota being so recent in memory, resistance could be significant. For months images of mostly indigenous activists and protesters, who deemed themselves “water protectors”, being physically assaulted by private security and local law enforcement, cycled through mostly global and alternative US media outlets.
In November, an incident involving the use of a water cannon against protesters in freezing temperatures resulted in nationwide headlines.
On the campaign trail, Trump promised to see the construction of both the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines through, adding that up to 28,000 jobs would be created — a number disputed by the State Department since 2014, and one of the reasons that construction on the Keystone pipeline was halted.
According to that report, a more realistic forecast for the number of jobs to be created amounts to around 3,900 construction jobs and just 35 permanent jobs. Numbers well short of the president’s claims.
The approval of the Trump administration is only one step in the process to resume construction, however. Other federal, local and state agencies will also be involved as well as the Army Corps of Engineers and other regulatory and planning boards on state and local levels to make sure all requirements are fulfilled.