Issuance of Presidential Permit to TransCanada for Keystone XL Pipeline

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
March 24, 2017

The Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs has issued a Presidential permit to TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, L.P. (“TransCanada”) authorizing TransCanada to construct, connect, operate, and maintain pipeline facilities at the U.S.-Canadian border in Phillips County, Montana for the importation of crude oil.

The Department of State reviewed TransCanada’s application in accordance with Executive Order 13337 (April 30, 2004) and the January 24, 2017 Presidential Memorandum Regarding Construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. In making his determination that issuance of this permit would serve the national interest, the Under Secretary considered a range of factors, including but not limited to foreign policy; energy security; environmental, cultural, and economic impacts; and compliance with applicable law and policy.

The permit was signed by Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon, Jr.

Additional information concerning the Keystone XL pipeline facilities and documents related to the Department of State’s review of the application for a Presidential permit can be found at

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