Keystone pipeline won’t use US steel despite Trump pledge

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PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Keystone XL oil pipeline won’t use American steel in its construction, despite what President Donald Trump says.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday that’s due to language in a presidential directive Trump issued in January. The directive applies to new pipelines or those under repair. Sanders said it would be hard to do an about-face on Keystone because it’s already under construction and the steel has been acquired.

Trump said as recently as last week that Keystone and the Dakota Access pipeline must use American steel “or we’re not building one.”

Trump used his executive powers shortly after taking office to greenlight the two pipeline projects that had been blocked by President Barack Obama.

The Keystone pipeline would run from Canada to refineries in the Gulf Coast. The Dakota Access line would move North Dakota oil to Illinois, and that project is nearly complete.

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4 comments

    • Nancy

      Not really. All steel is tested and certified. A tensile issue would be easy to identify. Sadly, most of the foreign mills are newer and more state of the art than the Americam mills and quality shouldn’t be an issue. I wish that the U.S. Mills were as competitive, but it will take a HUGE amount of infrastructure work to get there.

      • Nicole

        I agree with that Nancy, except for Chinese steel. My experience with it is that it’s very inconsistent. I have no idea where they bought this steel, so this is just my 2 cents.