Why Joe Biden is planning to cancel the disrupted Canada project
The pipeline is projected to carry oil nearly 1,200 miles (1,900km) from the Canadian province of Alberta down to Nebraska, to join an existing pipeline.
It has been more than 10 years that the environmentalists and Native American groups have fought the project.
Work was stopped earlier but under President Donald Trump it was started again.
Barack Obama the former president before Donald Trump refused the construction in 2015 but the latter turned the decision.
A briefing note seen by Canadian and US media says -Mr. Biden will sign an executive order revoking the permit for Keystone XL on Inauguration Day – 20 January.
He may also return the US to the Paris climate agreement – a global pact on cutting carbon emissions – changing another decision by Mr. Trump, who took the US out of the accord on 4 November last year.
Mr. Biden has pledged to make the fight against climate change a priority.
Alberta’s leader, Premier Jason Kenney, said he was “deeply concerned” by the reports of Mr. Biden’s plans and said if the pipeline was canceled, his government would look at legal action.
The Keystone XL pipeline would carry some 830,000 barrels of heavy crude a day from the fields in Alberta to Nebraska.
The pipeline would transport oil extracted from Alberta’s oil sands, a mixture of sand, water, clay, and a thick substance called bitumen. The oil is more expensive and energy-intensive to extract than that from conventional sources.
Environmental groups such as Greenpeace say ‘the number of greenhouse gases emitted per barrel of oil from the oil sands can be 30% higher throughout its life cycle than conventional oil’.
However, the Canadian government says ‘technology has created more energy-efficient practices, reducing climate-damaging emissions’.
Indigenous groups in northern Alberta were not consulted and have sued the provincial and federal governments for damages from 15 years of oil sands development saying it infringed on their guaranteed rights to hunt, trap and fish on traditional lands.