By MICHAEL BALICK, AP Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy says President Donald Trump will be seeking a renegotiation of the controversial $7.8 billion Keystone XL Pipeline.
McCarthy said Monday that Trump will make a decision “very soon” on the controversial project after a review of the environmental and social impacts of the project.
She said the White House has been “talking” to Trump about a “refund” or a “renegotiation” of the pipeline.
“The president has said he wants to see the pipeline reauthorized,” McCarthy said at a press briefing Monday.
“It’s going to be one of the biggest projects in the country.”
The pipeline would carry crude from Canada to the Gulf Coast, bypassing a Nebraska border crossing.
The project would require approval by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which could take months.
The Trump administration has said the pipeline is safe and the Army Corps is reviewing its environmental review, but environmental groups have said the project would create dangerous conditions and cause pollution.
The pipeline is currently undergoing an environmental review by the Army Corp of Engineers and a federal judge has said it’s not a viable option.
McCarthy and other environmental officials have been critical of the U:S.
government’s decision to deny the Keystone Pipeline a permit.
They say the pipeline would destroy the environment and could worsen climate change.
The U.N. climate change body said last month that a rejection of the Keystone pipeline would set back the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2025.
The agency said that while the pipeline has been delayed due to the federal approval process, its approval is “necessary to move the U.:S.
towards its goal of achieving a 50 percent reduction of CO2 emissions from transportation and energy by 2030.”