This week’s decision by TC Energy to officially pull out of development of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline drew quick responses from Oklahomans in congress and others who supported the project.
The abandonment left the Keystone officially dead and in the obituary columns.
Oklahoma U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin immediately tweeted his reaction.
“I am deeply disappointed that the Keystone XL pipeline has been permanently canceled.”
He was joined by California GOP congressman Kevin McCarthy.
“Dear Mr. President: Given your open hostility to domestic pipelines like the Keystone XL pipeline, it is baffling that you are willing to green-light Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Put simply, you are prioritizing Russian jobs over American jobs.”
Wednesday’s decision brought an end to what was described as the highest profile battles of the century over climate change and energy.
The death declaration came after President Biden, in one of his first executive orders after taking office in January cancelled the cross-border permit. It resulted in TC Energy in immediately suspending construction of the 1,200-mile line that would have brought oil from Alberta, Canada to U.S. refineries.
As the Associated Press reported, the Calgary-based company stated it will work with government agencies “to ensure a safe termination of and exit from” the partially built line that would have transported crude from the oil sand fields of western Canada to Steele City, Nebraska.