Trump Signs Executive Orders in Support of Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines
Prince George, B.C. – What a difference a few days make.
Just four days after taking office U.S. President Donald Trump has signed executive orders advancing construction of the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines.
The move is a major departure from former President Barack Obama, who had rejected Keystone in 2015 and had taken steps to block Dakota Access.
The Trump administration has signalled it wants to renegotiate the terms of the Keystone deal though no further details were given.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley welcomed the news remarking in a Facebook post: “This project is going to create good jobs here in Alberta. And that’s my focus – support our workers, create good jobs, and diversify our economy.”
However she’s still “focused on building Canadian pipelines to Canadian tidewater,” – signalling her enthusiasm hasn’t dampened any for the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline project from Alberta to the B.C. coast.
“As any small business owner will tell you, you can’t only have one customer. You have got to diversify.”
The Keystone pipeline runs from Alberta, through the American mid-west and into Texas. Previous U.S. President Barack Obama opposed it due to environmental concerns.