AXTELL, Neb. — The Keystone XL Pipeline project has been officially cancelled.
TC Energy, formerly known as TransCanada, has been working on constructing the pipeline for more than a decade.
Former Pres. Barack Obama delayed the permit process in 2015, only to have then former Pres. Donald Trump sign off on the project's go-ahead in 2017.
The project grinded to a halt earlier this year when Pres. Joe Biden revoked the permit.
Gov. Pete Ricketts reacted to the announcement, releasing a statement:
President Biden’s executive action led to the termination of the Keystone XL pipeline,” said Governor Ricketts. “This is yet another example of the Biden-Harris Administration putting the priorities of radical environmental activists above our national interest. Without Keystone XL, the United States will not only be more dependent on overseas sources of oil, but our state will not enjoy the benefit of the jobs and property tax revenue the project would have brought.
Nebraska Democratic Party Chairwoman and Bold Nebraska Founder Jane Kleeb joined us Wednesday with her reaction to the news.
Kleeb took a stance against Gov. Ricketts, saying:
I will debate you anywhere, anytime on property rights. You're going around the state lying to Nebraskans about the 30x30 voluntary conservation program, when you had real land grab from a foreign corporation in your backyard. So excuse me with your crocodile-tears press release, it's time that you actually stand up for property rights and amend the eminent domain laws in our state.