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State Department Approves Keystone XL Pipeline

Trump continues to deliver on his electoral promises, or at least that's what it looks like.

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Today, the State Department issued a permit authorizing TransCanada to carry out the Keystone XL pipeline project in Dakota, which would transport oil from Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast, as reported by CNN En Español.

The announcement, which Trump will make official during the course of the day, hides behind the heated debate among Republicans over the replacement of Obamacare and backs the electoral promises that the current President has vowed during last year.

The Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, former CEO of Exxon Mobil, has withdrawn from the process to avoid any misunderstandings about some type of conflict of interest.

The TransCanada Company has confirmed the news that would shift the decision of former President Barack Obama to reject the project for environmental issues during 2015.

Specialists in the case assert that the effects on the environment would be massive and irreparable, ensuring that, although there are alternative energies, indispensable resources such as water do not have the same possibility.

President Trump has assured that the project would guarantee "thousands of jobs", an argument that has been rejected by specialists in the subject, according to The Huffington Post reports. Likewise, the President would have assured that the project would be carried out with American steel, a promise that has been left aside, allowing TransCanada to use foreign steel during the construction.

But there is still a stage to be overcome in order for the project to be definitive. The Nebraska Public Service Commission must approve the procedure for the construction to take place in its territory, for which it is necessary, a revision of the protocol, which could take months.

According to the Washington Post, some landowners refuse to sell their land to TransCanada, a company that already claims 90% of the route to the United States.

The environmental struggle is now heading for Nebraska, where organizations such as Beyond Dirty Fuels have threatened to file lawsuits against the federal government, arguing the lack of environmental impact analysis.

De acuerdo al Washington Post, algunos propietarios se rehúsan a vender sus terrenos a TransCanada, compañía que asegura ya tener el 90% de la ruta hacia los Estados Unidos.

La lucha ambientalista se dirige ahora hacia Nebraska, donde organizaciones como Beyond Dirty Fuels han amenazado con introducir demandas contra el gobierno federal, argumentando la falta de análisis sobre el impacto medioambiental.

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