The long-disputed Keystone XL pipeline's construction was halted Wednesday after President Joe Biden revoked the construction project's permit.
Keystone XL President Richard Prior said over 1,000 jobs will be eliminated in the coming weeks.
“We will begin a safe and orderly shut-down of construction,” he said in a statement to The Associated Press.
The pipeline was first proposed in 2008 but reached a snag under the Obama administration. President Donald Trump revived the project and has been a strong proponent of the measure—with the support of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“Despite President Biden’s decision on the project, we would like to welcome other executive orders made today, including the decisions to rejoin the Paris Agreement and the World Health Organization,” Trudeau added, referring to several of Biden's day one executive orders.
“Workers in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and across Canada will always have our support. Canada is the single-largest supplier of energy to the United States, contributing to U.S. energy security and economic competitiveness, and supporting thousands of jobs on both sides of the border," Trudeau said. He did not say whether the Canadian government will try to engage with the United States to restart construction of the project.
Alberta, Canada, Premier Jason Kenney said the cancellation of Keystone XL's construction isn't "how you treat a friend [and] an ally."
Biden's move was praised by environmental groups.