Trump would OK pipeline blocked by Obama

2016-05-27 09:30
A Secret Service agent stands his post near Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Bismarck. (Charles Rex Arbogast, AP)

A Secret Service agent stands his post near Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Bismarck. (Charles Rex Arbogast, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Washington - Donald Trump said on Thursday that if he is elected US president he would support the Canadian Keystone oil pipeline project that was blocked by President Barack Obama on environmental grounds.

Speaking just after he won enough primary delegates to seize the Republican nomination for the White House, Trump told reporters that the project for a new pipeline to carry Canadian crude to the Gulf of Mexico "should be approved".

"I will absolutely approve it 100%, but I want a better deal," Trump added.

He said that because the project requires the US government to expropriate private land using eminent domain laws, the US should have a share of the profits.

"I'm going to say, folks, we are going to let you build the pipeline, but give us a piece."

"I want a piece of the profits for the United States. That's how we make our country rich again," he added.

The Obama administration decided in October to deny TransCanada permission to build the 1 900km Alberta-Nebraska pipeline that would be a crucial link to carry heavy Canadian oil sands-derived crude into US markets and export terminals on the Gulf of Mexico.

Noting the high environmental cost of using the oil sands crude, Obama argued that approving the pipeline would harm the fight against climate change.

The decision, which came seven years after the company first submitted the project, marred US-Canada relations and angered many in the oil industry in both countries.

In January TransCanada announced it would sue the US government for $15bn for blocking the project, saying it "was arbitrary and unjustified" under the North American Free Trade Agreement and also exceeded Obama's powers.

But the plunge in crude oil prices beginning in 2014 had already lowered the economic justification for the pipeline, with a number of oil sands investments cancelled and existing pipelines beginning to struggle for business.

Read more on:    donald trump  |  canada  |  us

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.