The White House is moving toward approving the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to bring oil from Canada’s tar sands to refineries in Texas.
President Donald Trump is pushing to approve it as soon as Friday, and the process will be complicated by the fact that Congress will have to vote on whether to allow the project to proceed.
The approval process could take weeks, if not months.
But Trump’s administration has already signaled that it would likely approve the pipeline if it is approved by Congress, a position that could complicate the process even further.
It is also not clear whether a number of senators would support the pipeline, or whether they would oppose it on the grounds that it does not provide a “high-quality, safe pipeline” to the U.S. Gulf Coast.
But there is no reason why the president cannot move forward without Congress, even if he does not have the support of the majority of senators.
The Keystone XL is the most controversial pipeline in U.N. history, but it is a relatively low-profile project.
Its construction has been delayed by lawsuits and regulatory challenges, but the project is likely to get underway as early as next year, if its current delays are anything to go by.
Keystone XL has been the subject of a long-running legal fight, but there is little evidence that it has made any significant progress on environmental protection issues.
As the Senate begins its consideration of Keystone XL, the administration has been working with the National Environmental Policy Act Committee to address the pipeline’s environmental impacts.
The administration has argued that the project would provide jobs for American workers and would not increase the nation’s carbon emissions.
In a statement issued Thursday, the White House said that the committee would “take a holistic look at Keystone XL’s environmental impact,” but did not elaborate.
“This will be an ongoing process and will include public hearings, comments, and input from stakeholders, as well as the president and his team,” the statement said.
The White Senate office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The State Department has said that it is “aware of a pending proposal” to approve Keystone XL.
State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said the department is reviewing the proposal.
“We continue to monitor this process and continue to work with our international partners to ensure we are taking all appropriate steps to ensure the environmental and economic benefits of this important project,” Nauert wrote in an email.
“As the president has made clear, this is not a political decision, and we will continue to pursue this issue with all relevant stakeholders in order to make sure that the Keystone pipeline can deliver on the American people’s trust.”
Keystone XL will carry crude from Canada to the Gulf Coast, where it would be shipped to refiners in Texas and Louisiana.
Environmental groups have raised concerns about the pipeline because it would run through pristine areas of the Gulf and would bring tar sands oil to refiner terminals in Texas, while also potentially affecting water supplies.
A State Department analysis in May 2016 concluded that Keystone XL would have the potential to significantly increase emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and sulfur dioxide.
Environmentalists say the environmental impact of the project was overstated, and have also said that its approval would not be necessary given that the State Department found no “significant impacts to public health.”
According to a May report by the National Resources Defense Council, the pipeline would transport 1.8 million barrels of oil per day, or more than two-thirds of the proposed capacity of the Keystone.
The pipeline’s supporters have said that environmental concerns were overstated and that the pipeline was necessary because of the need for jobs in the U,S.
The National Resources Defence Council said that in addition to the potential economic benefits, the project could also reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide.
The Energy Department estimates that the proposed pipeline would save about $2.2 billion in carbon emissions per year over a 20-year period.
The report also noted that Keystone would carry about 3.6 million barrels per day of oil by 2030.
The company that operates Keystone XL told reporters in May that the company expects to complete the project “within the next few months.”