POLITICO reported that the U.S. State Department's undersecretary for political affairs, Tom Shannon, will approve by Monday the cross-border permit needed for the project to proceed.
And President Barack Obama rejected the pipeline in 2015 after a negative recommendation from then-Secretary of State John Kerry.
Construction of the pipeline, which would ship crude oil from Canada's western oil sands region to refineries on the Gulf Coast, became a politically charged issue during the Obama administration. Critics cite the likelihood of environmental damage and higher rates of greenhouse gas emissions.
Once construction ends and oil starts flowing, the pipeline would support just 35 permanent jobs, according to the report.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had recused himself from the approval process because of his former ties as chief executive for Exxon Mobil. Spokesman Terry Cunha said the company was working closely with the State Department. The pipeline's opponents contend the jobs will be minimal and short-lived, and say the pipeline won't help the USA with energy needs because the oil is destined for export. On Jan. 24, President Trump signed an executive order that invited TransCanada to reapply for a presidential permit. The pipeline would move roughly 800,000 barrels of oil per day, more than one-fifth of the oil Canada exports to the U.S. "President Obama rejected the Keystone Pipeline because of public outcry", she said. However, TransCanada has said Keystone won't be built with USA steel.
Members of the Public Service Commission generally take about seven months to approve or deny an application, but they can postpone a decision for up to a year. Native American members of Ms. Anderson's group will argue that members of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska have an interest because the pipeline could cross an historic route known as the Ponca Trail of Tears, Ms. Anderson said. Environmentalist groups object to the pipeline because of fears it encourages the use of dirty energy sources. We banded together to turn this pipeline into a leadership test on climate change and Trump flunked the exam.
In rejecting the pipeline, the Obama administration had argued it would undercut U.S. efforts to clinch a global climate change deal that was reached weeks later in Paris.
The Trump administration has dropped fighting climate change as a priority and left open the possibility of pulling out of the Paris deal.