Keystone XL Pipeline Officially Canceled

Headline Roundup June 11th, 2021

The Keystone XL pipeline project was officially canceled this week after President Joe Biden rescinded a key permit for it earlier this year. The $9 billion pipeline would have transported roughly 830,000 barrels of crude oil per day from Canada to Nebraska, and was expected to create roughly 10,000 new jobs. It was first proposed in 2008, but faced ongoing protests and challenges from environmental groups and Indigenous communities. President Barack Obama first halted the project in 2015, but President Donald Trump approved a permit for it in 2017. During his 2020 presidential campaign, Biden pledged to stop the project once again.

Left- and right-rated media often framed the news very differently. Coverage from left-rated sources tended to paint the news as a win for environmental activists and Indigenous groups, and focus on the pipeline's potential negative environmental effects. Some reports from right-rated sources instead highlighted local communities in South Dakota who were counting on the pipeline as an economic stimulant, framing them as having been let down by the cancellation.

From the Center

A $9 billion oil pipeline that became a symbol of the rising political clout of climate change advocates and a flash point in U.S.-Canada relations was officially canceled on Wednesday.

Keystone XL, which was proposed in 2008 to bring oil from Canada’s Western tar sands to U.S. refiners, was halted by owner TC Energy after U.S. President Joe Biden this year revoked a key permit needed for a U.S. stretch of the 1,200-mile project.

Opponents of the line fought its construction for years, saying it was unnecessary and would hamper the U.S....

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From the Left

The company behind a contentious oil pipeline that would have stretched between Canada and the United States has officially abandoned the project, months after US President Joe Biden revoked its permit.

In a statement on Wednesday, TC Energy said it had terminated the Keystone XL project “after a comprehensive review of its options” and in consultation with its partner, the government of Alberta, an oil-rich province in western Canada.

“The Company will continue to coordinate with regulators, stakeholders and Indigenous groups to meet its environmental and regulatory commitments and ensure a safe termination...

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From the Right

It felt like a gut punch.

That's how South Dakota small business owner Laurie Cox described how she felt when news broke that Canadian developer TC Energy officially pulled the plug on the Keystone XL pipeline. The monumental decision to walk away from the $8 billion project was confirmed Wednesday and came at a devastating cost to communities that pinned their hopes and investments on the success of the massive cross-border venture.

The decision to call it quits left people like Cox, who owns a two-story hotel that housed pipeline workers in Midland, South Dakota, feeling...

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