Government watchdog finds multiple ethical problems with Keystone Pipeline project

A report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found multiple ethical problems with the Keystone XL pipeline project.

The report reads, “GAO found that preventable construction issues contributed to the current Keystone pipeline’s spills more frequently than the industry-wide trends,” pertaining to design, construction, and manufacturing. In November of 2019, House Democrats requested a report from GAO after the pipeline caused two major oil spills and caught the attention of environmentalist and civil rights groups.

When the Biden administration entered the White House, revoking the permits required to continue construction of the Keystone XL pipeline that was intended to pipe oil between the U.S. and Canada was one of the administration’s first executive orders.

GAO’s report solidifies President Biden’s decision to revoke the project’s permit after controversy arose regarding its environmental toll. For years, the Keystone XL pipeline spurred controversies between economists and environmentalists.

Biden’s decision slashed thousands of American jobs, placed a burden on our relationship with Canada, and took a toll on our northern neighbor’s oil industry. If completed, the pipeline would have transported 830,000 barrels of oil per day from Alberta, Canada to Nebraska. 



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Antoinette is a community college student in Sacramento, California. She is a Politics Editor at Fact Based America, a correspondent for Campus Reform, and a student journalist. She previously worked for Turning Point USA as a High School Coordinator.

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