TC Energy has signed a deal with five Indigenous bands to make a $1-billion investment into the Keystone XL pipeline project.
Four of the bands are in Alberta and one in Saskatchewan.
Joe Biden, the apparent winner in the U.S. election of Donald Trump has vowed to killed the $14.4-billion pipeline.
“This historic agreement serves as a model of how to build strong and trusted partnerships between industry and Indigenous groups for a safe, secure and prosperous energy future,” Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said in a release.
“The partnership highlights the growing desire of Indigenous Peoples to bring jobs and wealth into their communities through the responsible development of Canada’s energy resources.
“These significant economic benefits will improve the lives and opportunities of many generations to come, while ensuring Indigenous people continue to have direct input into the continued care and respect of the land.”
Alberta has already invested $1.5-billion into the project.
Kenney said Keystone XL is expected to create more than $600 million in Indigenous supplier and employment opportunities throughout the project’s construction and will support an estimated 17,000 jobs in Canada and 42,000 in the U.S.
TC Energy has said it will go ahead with construction of the pipeline designed to transport up to 830,000 barrels per day of oil from Alberta to Nebraska despite Biden’s election campaign vow.
“We’ve looked at the incoming Biden administration’s Build Back Better plan and the steps that we’ve already taken with Keystone XL, we believe, have positioned it very favourably, particularly as we bring jobs to the economy next year, a key platform for the U.S. government as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Bevin Wirzba, president of liquids pipelines, on a webcast from the Calgary-based company’s investor day, The Canadian Press reported.
About 200 km of the pipeline have already been built including a section that crosses the U.S. border from Alberta.
The five First Nations include the Nekaneet First Nation in Saskatchewan and the Ermineskin Cree Nation, Montana First Nation, Louis Bull Tribe and Saddle Lake Cree Nation in Alberta.
The Democratic candidate and the vice president-elect, Kamala Harris, have also said in the past they would put an end to fracking, a promise they did not repeat during the campaign.
The Alberta and federal governments have promised to lobby Biden hard on the benefits to letting pipeline construction from the Alberta border to Nebraska proceed.
Biden was also vice-president when Barack Obama cancelled the project on Nov. 6, 2015. President Donald Trump gave the project another green light when he was elected in 2016.
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Trump threatens defence veto over social media protections – BarrieToday
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is threatening to veto a defence policy bill unless it ends protections for internet companies that shield them from being held liable for material posted by their users.
On Twitter Tuesday night, Trump took aim at Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, which protects companies that can host trillions of messages from being sued into oblivion by anyone who feels wronged by something someone else has posted — whether their complaint is legitimate or not.
Trump called Section 230 “a serious threat to our National Security & Election Integrity,” adding, “Therefore, if the very dangerous & unfair Section 230 is not completely terminated as part of the National Defence Authorization Act (NDAA), I will be forced to unequivocally VETO the Bill.”
Trump has been waging war against social media companies for months, claiming they are biased against conservative voices.
In October he signed an executive order directing executive branch agencies to ask independent rule-making agencies, including the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission, to study whether they can place new regulations on the companies.
Since losing the presidential election, Trump has flooded social media with unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud. Twitter has tagged many such Trump tweets with the advisory, “This claim about election fraud is disputed.”
Tuesday’s veto threat is another potential roadblock for the passage of the annual defence policy measure, which is already being held up in Congress by a spat over military bases named for Confederate officers. The measure, which has passed for 59 years in a row on a bipartisan basis, guides Pentagon policy and cements decisions about troop levels, new weapons systems and military readiness, military personnel policy and other military goals.
The Associated Press
Trump threatens defence veto over social media protections – CTV News
U.S. President Donald Trump is threatening to veto a defence policy bill unless it ends protections for internet companies that shield them from being held liable for material posted by their users.
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