The Keystone Pipeline Will Not Use American Steel

TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL project will reportedly be exempt from U.S. President Donald Trump’s requirement that pipelines in the U.S. be built with American steel – even though the company had already purchased 50 per cent of the steel from an Arkansas mill.

News website Politico reported Friday that TransCanada will not be subject to Trump’s recent executive order requiring pipeline operators to build projects like Keystone XL with American steel “to the maximum extent possible.”

TransCanada spokesperson Matthew John would not confirm whether Keystone XL had been exempt from the executive order but said, “We continue to be encouraged as our Presidential Permit application makes its way through the approval process.”

The Washington-based political news site cited an unnamed White House spokeswoman who said that Keystone XL “is currently in the process of being constructed, so it does not count as a new, retrofitted or expanded pipeline” and would therefore not be subject to the recent executive order.