Despite Trump claim, Keystone pipeline won’t use only US steel
search

Despite Trump claim, Keystone pipeline won’t use only US steel

White House confirms move away from president’s vow that oil project ‘won’t be built’ if it isn’t exclusively made of US steel

In this Nov. 3, 2015, file photo, the Keystone Steele City pumping station, which will connect to the planned Keystone XL pipeline, is seen in Steele City, Nebraska. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
In this Nov. 3, 2015, file photo, the Keystone Steele City pumping station, which will connect to the planned Keystone XL pipeline, is seen in Steele City, Nebraska. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

PALM BEACH, Florida — The Keystone XL oil pipeline won’t have to use American steel in its construction, despite what President Donald Trump says.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday that’s due to language in a presidential directive Trump issued in January. The directive applies to new pipelines or those under repair. Sanders said it would be hard to do an about-face on Keystone because it’s already under construction and the steel has been acquired.

The order states that new, expanded or repaired pipelines in the US must use US steel “to the maximum extent possible” and allowed by law. That’s not an all-USA mandate.

Trump said as recently as last week that Keystone and the Dakota Access pipeline must use American steel “or we’re not building one.”

TransCanada, the company building Keystone, has said the majority of steel in the pipeline would be from North America, which includes Canada and Mexico.

In this Nov. 6, 2015 file photo, TransCanada's Keystone pipeline facilities are seen in Hardisty, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
In this Nov. 6, 2015 file photo, TransCanada’s Keystone pipeline facilities are seen in Hardisty, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Trump used his executive powers shortly after taking office to revive the two pipeline projects that had been blocked by President Barack Obama.

The Keystone pipeline would run from Canada to refineries in the Gulf Coast. The Dakota Access line would move North Dakota oil to Illinois, and that project is nearly complete.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

read more:
less
comments
more