Indications that the incoming U.S. administration may be planning to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline is raising concerns for Alberta Premier Jason Kenney.
Should the Biden administration abrogate Keystone’s permit, Kenney said, Alberta will work with Keystone owner TC Energy to employ “all legal avenues available to protect its interest in the project.”
He said on Jan. 18 that Alberta has a strong legal basis for seeking damages if the Keystone XL pipeline expansion is killed, The Canadian Press reported.
“Doing so would kill jobs on both sides of the border, weaken the critically important Canada-US relationship, and undermine US national security by making the United States more dependent on OPEC oil imports in the future,” Kenney wrote.
Kenney noted that Canada’s petroleum production and commitment to climate change would meet the needs of the new U.S. administration. The United States has imported 3.7 million barrels of petroleum per day from Canada in 2019, and will likely consume just as much under Biden’s green policy, he said.
“Canada and the United States are among the most environmentally responsible countries in the world with some of the strictest standards for fossil fuel production,” Keystone president Richard Prior said in a press release.
“We are confident that Keystone XL is not only the safest and most reliable method to transport oil to markets, but the initiatives announced today also ensures it will have the lowest environmental impact of an oil pipeline in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.”
The pipeline, which would link Alberta’s oilsands with U.S. refiners, “represents tens of thousands of good paying jobs that the American economy needs right now,” Kenney said.
Alberta invested $1.5 billion in the expansion in 2020, reported CP.
“We renew our call on the incoming administration to show respect for Canada as the United States’ most important trading partner and strategic ally by keeping that commitment to engage, and to allow Canada to make the case for strengthening cooperation on energy, the environment, and the economy through this project,” Kenney said.