Keystone XL, the $5.8 trillion, 570,000-mile pipeline from Canada’s tar sands to the Gulf Coast, is in a state of limbo.
The president has said he’s open to the pipeline if it’s approved by Congress.
But even if it goes ahead, the project is in limbo.
“The pipeline will not be built without a thorough environmental review and a strong, independent environmental analysis of the environmental risks associated with the project,” Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) said in a statement.
“Given that the president’s environmental review was not complete, it is imperative that Congress get its act together on the pipeline.”
On Monday, Trump ordered the Keystone XL pipeline to be shut down.
He announced the decision after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has jurisdiction over the pipeline, said it had concluded that the project’s route through Nebraska is too dangerous for a pipeline to carry oil.
“Actions taken today are not a substitute for our country’s leaders taking action to protect the health, safety and environment of our citizens,” the president said in the statement.
“If we do not act now, the Keystone project will continue to pollute our air, our water and our lands, and our communities will suffer,” he added.
Trump has repeatedly accused Democratic leaders of being obstructionists in the Keystone fight.
But it is unclear if the president would follow through on his threat to pull out of the pipeline in his current state of mind.