On a recent weekday, a group of students and workers from the Texas oil and gas industry gathered in a warehouse in the Dallas suburb of Galveston, Texas, to discuss the future of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline.
In recent months, President Donald Trump and the Obama administration have begun to push the pipeline through Congress, while Texas officials have been trying to block it.
A few months ago, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said he would veto the pipeline if the White House gave his state a chance.
In a statement on Tuesday, Abbott said: “The State of Texas will not be able to move forward with this project if the president continues to obstruct it.”
A pipeline that would transport oil from the tar sands of Alberta, Canada, to refineries in Texas would also cross the U.S. border and cross a tributary of the Missouri River, a major waterway in the heart of the Dakotas, and pass through a major oil-producing region.
In its latest statement, the U,S.
State Department said it was concerned with the possibility of environmental impacts, and said the pipeline would pose significant risks to water supplies and to wildlife in the area.
In the Dallas area, the region’s oil and natural gas industries are key to the state’s economy.
The Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, home to more than 4 million people, is one of the biggest economic engines in the world.
A decade ago, the airport was considered a ghost town.
Now, it’s bustling with business and visitors.
But, like the Keystone pipeline, it could also threaten the region.
The Keystone XL is the second pipeline under construction by TransCanada, which operates the Keystone Pipeline, to cross the border and pass under Texas.
Keystone is part of the $5.8 billion Northern Gateway Pipeline project, which would bring oil from Alberta’s oil sands region to refiners in British Columbia, Canada.
The Northern Gateway project has faced opposition from environmental groups, which say the pipeline will exacerbate global warming and increase emissions from Canadian oil sands and tar sands.
In March, the White Trump administration announced the construction of two pipelines, the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Keystone.
TransCanada has also proposed building the Dakota-Ladysmith Pipeline, which could bring oil sands crude to refines in Illinois and Illinois, and the proposed Dakota-Tabor Pipeline, in Illinois.
In February, the Obama-era Department of Interior said the Keystone project was “not a viable option.”
In April, the State Department warned that TransCanada could violate international agreements by building its proposed Keystone Pipeline through an existing waterway.
In September, TransCanada announced it would build a pipeline from Alberta to New Brunswick, a province that does not have a pipeline to transport tar sands oil.
Keystone, a $5 billion project that has received $542 million in federal stimulus funds and has received support from Democratic and Republican lawmakers, has drawn opposition from some of the most prominent Republican politicians in the country.
On Tuesday, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) called the Keystone plan “an abomination” and urged Obama to veto it.
“It is absolutely unconscionable that the president would continue to block the construction and operation of this pipeline, and that he would continue the construction in a state that has no jurisdiction over it,” Blackburn said.
“That is the height of hypocrisy and the worst kind of hypocrisy.”
In a letter to President Obama, Blackburn said the “continued construction and the continued construction of this dangerous and potentially dangerous pipeline, will threaten the safety and security of our nation.”
Blackburn said she was “deeply concerned” that Obama is “engaging in a cover-up to hide the reality of what is really going on behind the scenes, and not just to protect the pipeline and its infrastructure from scrutiny and the public scrutiny of the White Houses own regulatory authority.”
She added that “the Keystone XL and Northern Gateway pipelines are the most dangerous and most damaging pipeline projects ever attempted in American history, and they should be halted immediately.”
Blackburn and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R, Utah) wrote that the Keystone and Northern Gateways projects “have the potential to exacerbate climate change by causing increased greenhouse gas emissions.”
A State Department official said the Obama Administration had “not received any notice” of the letter from Blackburn.
Trans Canada said it would “continue to engage with the State of the Union address” on Tuesday and would continue discussions with lawmakers and the media about the pipeline.
“Our pipeline is not a ‘dead letter,’ and we’re working with the Department of the Interior to make sure that it gets a fair hearing,” a TransCanada spokesman said.
In June, the administration announced it had approved $4.9 billion in stimulus funds for the pipeline project.
In April of this year, Trans Canada and the Army Corps of Engineers announced they had signed an agreement to build the pipeline on private land near the town of Bismarck, North Dakota, about an hour’s drive north of Fargo, North