BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Keystone XL
pipeline's sponsor announced Wednesday that it is abandoning the contentious project after Canadian officials were unable to persuade President Joe Biden
to reverse his cancellation of the project's permit on the day he took office.
, based in Calgary, said it would work
with government agencies “to ensure a safe termination and exit from” the partially built line, which was supposed to transport crude from western Canada
’s oil sands to Steele City, Nebraska.
Construction on the 1,200-mile (1,930-kilometer) pipeline began last year, after former President Donald Trump
resurrected the long-stalled project, which had stalled during the Obama administration.
It would have moved up to 830,000 barrels (35 million gallons) of crude per day, connecting in Nebraska to other pipelines
that feed oil refineries on the Gulf Coast of the United States
It was canceled in January by Biden due to long-standing concerns that burning oil sands crude would exacerbate climate change
Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau objected to the move, but officials in Alberta, where the pipeline originated, expressed dissatisfaction in recent weeks that he did not lobby harder to re-establish the pipeline's permit.
Attorneys general from 21 states had filed a lawsuit
to overturn Biden's decision to cancel the controversial pipeline, which would have created thousands of construction jobs