TC Energy, the developer of the pipeline, may decide to challenge Biden’s move in court or through the new North American trade deal the company implemented after President Barack Obama first sank the pipeline in 2015 Environmental concerns. “I think there is a very real question,” said Dan Ujczo, an international trade attorney at Thompson Hine, noting that the project’s cross-border link is already in place.
A TC Energy spokesman did not respond to a request for comment prior to the inauguration. The office of the Prime Minister of Alberta Jason Kenney said he raised the matter with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday and “urged the federal government to do everything possible to convey a clear message to President-elect Biden that the border permit is being lifted Keystone XL would harm Canada. US bilateral relationship. “
Despite the possibility of strained international relationships and possible legal challenges, Biden’s move has delighted environmental activists. The urge to kill the pipeline that would have transported oil from Western Canada to refineries in the American Midwest and the Gulf Coast became a dominant theme for a new generation of environmental groups. Pipeline activists, as well as Native American tribes and landowners angered by pipeline developer TC Energy’s plans to run the pipeline through their property, had fought the project since almost as soon as it was revealed.
“Not a single farmer or rancher I know would have ever thought that he would have been at the center of one of the biggest climate battles of the last decade,” said Jane Kleeb, leader of the Nebraska Democratic Party and pipeline activist who led early opposition Keystone XL. “It wasn’t magic how we hit the Keystone XL pipeline – it was grit, shared leadership, and never forgetting who and what we fought for.”
News that the order would land on the first day of Biden’s presidency surprised some analysts and experts from Canada and the United States, who expected the new administration to at least give Canadians an audience before delivering on its election promise.
Trudeau insisted Tuesday morning that his administration would ensure that “the views of the new administration are heard and taken into account at the highest levels”. He had previously brought up the project during a congratulatory call to Biden in November.
Even so, Trudeau seemed to acknowledge that the future of Keystone XL was bad.
“We understand, of course, that it is a commitment” that Biden made as a candidate “many months ago,” he said.
Keystone’s removal on day one of his presidency sends a strong message about how Biden sees the future of fossil fuels, said Kevin Book, an analyst at ClearView Energy Partners. However, it remains to be seen how this will affect the US’s relationship with Canada after four turbulent years.
“In the end, it really comes down to whether this is really the hill Trudeau wants to die on,” said Book. “As painful as it may be for Western Canada, there are minds in the Great White North who are looking for more environmentally friendly technologies and are naturally skeptical of the oil sands.”