Trump pledged the pipeline's construction would bring new jobs, lower energy costs for Americans and reduce the country's reliance on foreign oil. - From NBC News
by Erik Ortiz and Kristen Welker Calling it a "historic moment for North America," President Donald Trump announced the federal government's approval Friday of the Keystone XL oil pipeline — setting in motion a controversial project opposed by environmental groups, landowners and some Native American tribes.
Trump's support of the project comes after he signed an executive order just days after taking office to revive construction of the $8 billion pipeline.
The department also said 42,100 indirect jobs would be created during construction related to food, housing and other services for workers.
Officials there have been soliciting public comments, and dozens of rural landowners have chimed in to oppose the project, fearful that their properties would be lost under eminent domain.
"We've stopped the toxic Keystone XL Pipeline once, and we will do it again," Tom Goldtooth, executive director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, said in a statement, adding, "This fight is not over, it is just beginning." At Friday's announcement, Trump asked TransCanada CEO Russ Girling when the project would begin.