U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell isn’t wasting anytime on the Keystone XL pipeline.
The Kentucky senator just met President-elect Donald Trump, and already has urged the incoming leader to move quickly to approve construction of the controversial pipeline.
McConnell revealed to reporters that he met Trump during a Capitol Hill meeting on Thursday.
Should the pipeline be built, it would allow Calgary’s TransCanada Corporation to ship bitumen from Alberta’s oil sands to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries at a rate of 800,000 barrels a day.
Environmentalists have had issues with the plan, pointing out the risk of oil spills which would traverse highly sensitive terrain.
Early in 2015, a bill approving the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline was passed by the Republican controlled Senate 62 to 36 and the House 270 to 152, however, it was vetoed days later by President Obama.
TransCanada remains fully committed to the Keystone project and has expressed it’s interest to engage the Trump administration on it’s future.
— Leader McConnell (@SenateMajLdr) November 10, 2016