By Steve Horn • Wednesday, December 21, 2016 – 16:21
At a speech given to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he intends to work with President-elect Donald Trump to approve the northern leg of TransCanada‘s Keystone XL pipeline.
The speech comes as Trump revealed in a recent interview with Fox News that one of the first things he intends to do in office is grant permits for both Keystone XL and the perhaps equally controversial Dakota Access pipeline. Because Keystone XL North crosses the U.S.-Canada border, current processes require it to obtain a presidential permit from the U.S. Department of State, which the Obama administration has denied.
soon will face a Senate hearing and vote. Potentially complicating this situation is the fact that Exxon holds substantial interest in both tar sands projects and companies, which stand to benefit from the Keystone XL pipeline bringing this carbon-intensive crude oil across the border.
Exxon, along with its subsidiary Imperial Oil, owns both the Kearl Oil Sands Project and Cold Lake tar sands production facilities, and a 25 percent stake in the tar sands production company Syncrude.
According to Bloomberg, Trump’s team has shown interest in getting rid of the Executive Order which created the presidential permit process altogether, which President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry used in November 2015 to axe the pipeline.
On the campaign trail and during his post-election “Victory Tour,” Trump has pledged to rescind all of Obama’s Executive Orders. Unsurprisingly, Tillerson has stated his support for Keystone XL, as well.
As reported in a recent investigation by InsideClimate News, nearly a third of Exxon’s global reserves is situated in Alberta’s tar sands, an oil patch which covers about 55,000 square miles, or roughly the size of New York state. Alberta’s tar sands represent the third largest oil reserves on the planet.