US senators: Don’t use steel from India, Italy in Keystone pipeline


Washington: Nine Democratic Senators has urged President Donald Trump to not let a Canadian company use foreign made steel, in particular from India and Italy, in the trans-national multibillion controversial Keystone oil pipeline.

“Your memorandum explicitly covers new and expanded pipeline projects so we were confused and disappointed to learn that the Keystone XL pipeline would not be required to use 100 per cent American-made steel,” the nine Democratic Senators wrote in their joint letter to Trump.

On January 24, Trump issued a Presidential Memorandum to the Secretary of Commerce directing the Secretary to “develop a plan under which all new pipelines, as well as retrofitted, repaired, or expanded pipelines, inside the borders of the US, including portions of pipelines, use materials and equipment produced in the US, to the maximum extent possible and to the extent permitted by law.”

However, Trump has exempted Keystone pipeline from this.

Several environmental groups filed lawsuits against the Trump administration on Thursday, to challenge its decision to approve construction of controversial Keystone pipeline.

Notably, former president Barack Obama, rejected the pipeline, saying it would lead to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions and do nothing to reduce fuel prices for US motorists.

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