Washington – The US President, Barack Obama on Friday rejected the controversial Keystone XL pipeline after seven years of review.
The project called for the construction of a 1,900-kilometre long pipeline that will pump 830,000 barrels of oil a day from Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast.
The US State Department spearheaded the review and was responsible for providing a recommendation to Obama as the pipeline will cross the US-Canada border and then span six US states.
Pipeline supporters said the project would produce 40,000 jobs and reduce US dependence on Middle East oil imports.
Environmentalists feared its construction would exacerbate greenhouse gas emissions and cause environmental damage through potential leaks in the pipeline itself. (dpa/NAN)