The project is currently stalled after a ruling from a federal judge in Montana which canceled the environmental permits for the project due to a lack of proper environmental review by the Army Corp of Engineers.
Former Vice President Joe Biden would rescind the Keystone XL pipeline permit if elected president, his campaign said in a statement Monday.
Biden campaign policy director Stef Feldman said that if elected, Biden would “proudly stand in the Roosevelt Room again as president and stop it for good by rescinding the Keystone XL pipeline permit.”
This is the first time Biden’s campaign has publicly addressed how the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee would deal with the controversial pipeline, Politico reported. Previous Democratic candidates had signed the “NoKXL Pledge,” which guaranteed that if elected president they would revoke the permit.
The Keystone XL pipeline, which builds upon an existing pipeline system that runs from Canada to Texas, has been in the works for over a decade, and it was initially rejected by the Obama administration in 2015 due to environmental concerns. President Donald Trump, who made restoring the pipeline a part of his campaign, signed two executive orders reversing Obama’s decision during the first week of his administration.