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Joe Biden plans to exercise an executive order to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline construction on his first day of presidency.

The Keystone Pipeline is an oil pipeline that runs through the United States and Canada.

The pipeline has three completed phases. The fourth phase, known as the Keystone XL, has not been completed, partly due to opposition from climate change activists and environmentalists.

The fourth phase of the pipeline seeks to connect Canadian supplies of crude oil with refining centers in the U.S.

Biden, who also served as Vice President under the Obama administration, will remain consistent with Obama’s decision on the Keystone XL pipeline.

In Nov. 2015, Obama prevented the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline project. Many saw this as a positive step in the fight against climate change as well as beneficial to wildlife.

In addition, some Native American tribes opposed the XL pipeline. In 2018, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and the Fort Belknap Indian Community filed for a lawsuit seeking to prevent the XL pipeline.

“In [the Keystone XL pipeline’s] proposed path are the homelands of the Great Sioux Nation and the Gros Ventre and Assiniboine Tribes, to which Plaintiffs Rosebud Sioux Tribe and Fort Belknap Indian Community, respectively, maintain physical, cultural, and religious ties.”

The Trump administration worked to revive and expedite the approval process for the pipeline project, effectively undoing the actions of the prior Obama administration.

President Trump signed a presidential permit permitting TransCanada, the company responsible for the construction of the XL pipeline “to construct, connect, operate, and maintain pipeline facilities at the international border of the United States and Canada at Phillips County, Montana, for the import of oil from Canada to the United States. 

The permittee is a limited partnership organized under the laws of the State of Delaware, owned by affiliates of TransCanada Corporation, a Canadian public company organized under the laws of Canada.”

Biden’s plan to cancel the fourth phase of the pipeline from being completed will be one of many executive orders that he plans to enact to undo some of the policies from the Trump Administration.

According to Biden’s Chief of Staff, Ron Klain, some of Biden’s other plans that contradict the Trump administration’s policies will include ending the travel ban on several Muslim-majority countries and rejoining Paris Climate Accord.

Written ByLinn Win

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