Canada PM not hopeful that Obama will approve Keystone pipeline

August 2, 2015

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Wednesday (July 29) that he wasn’t hopeful that the United States would approve the northern leg of Trans Canada Corp’s controversial Keystone XL pipeline.


Harper also told Bloomberg Television that if President Barack Obama did veto the project, which is currently under review, he was confident a future U.S. administration would grant approval.

The U.S. government – under pressure from environmentalists to block the pipeline – has repeatedly delayed a decision on Keystone XL, which would take crude from Canada’s tar sands to U.S. refineries.

Harper has long publicly backed the pipeline and in 2011 called it “a no-brainer.” The White House on Wednesday declined to provide an update on the review, which has been delayed for more than six years.