TransCanada challenges Keystone XL denial

Five studies and 17,000 pages of scientific analysis by the U.S. State Department concluded that Keystone XL would not significantly contribute to climate change, and would have minimal impact to the environment. Despite this, on November 6, 2015, Keystone XL was denied.

Arbitrary and Unjustified


The U.S. Administration acknowledged the decision was based on the perceptions by the international community about U.S. leadership on climate change. TransCanada followed every Federal and State process over a protracted seven-year review period and Keystone XL passed every economic, environmental and geopolitical test. The U.S. administration’s decision was arbitrary and unjustified.

Our Response

On January 6, 2016, TransCanada announced legal action under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and also initiated Constitutional litigation against the U.S. Administration.

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"When it came to the Keystone XL pipeline perceptions and symbolism trumped facts and reality. That may be acceptable in politics, but it's unacceptable when using (abusing) constitutional regulatory authority."

- U.S. Chamber of Commerce