Construction on the Keystone XL began last year and about 300 miles have been completed so far. The 1,700-mile pipeline would carry roughly 800,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta to the Texas Gulf Coast, passing through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma.
First proposed in 2008, the Obama administration rejected the project in 2015. President Trump revived the project on his first days in office and construction had been underway. However, in anticipation of the incoming Biden administration revocation of a key cross-border presidential permit, the company has suspended work on the project.
Marty Durbin, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Global Energy Institute, said Mr. Biden's decision is not grounded in science and will put thousands of Americans out of work,
"The pipeline — the most studied infrastructure project in American history — is already under construction and has cleared countless legal and environmental hurdles," Durbin said in a statement. "Halting construction will also impede the safe and efficient transport of oil, and unfairly single out production from one of our closest and most important allies."