The TransCanada announced Wednesday, January 6 that it would seek 15 billion US dollars in damages from the US government in exchange for its rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline project border.
TransCanada wants to enter a dispute settlement body provided under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). It considers that the rejection by Barack Obama, the pipeline project was in November “arbitrary” and “unjustified” and violated Article 11 of the agreement, to protect foreign investment.
TransCanada be a victim of discrimination, noting that three other companies have achieved in recent years the US government permits for the construction of cross-border pipelines. The company believes that the US government has yielded to pressure from environmental groups, “even if the administration had reached six times that the pipeline would have no significant impact on climate change” .
The company has also filed a lawsuit in federal court in Houston, Texas: according to her, the decision of President Obama to reject the pipeline construction was unconstitutional.
Long 1 900 kilometers, of which 1400 in the United States, Keystone XL would carry oil from the Canadian tar sands of Alberta to Nebraska , in the central United States, from where he could reach US refineries in the Gulf of Mexico. By opposing the project, after seven years of negotiations, Obama had marked the spirits and angered his Republican opponents before the Paris climate conference (COP 21)
Environmental groups have denounced the complaints of the Canadian business. “Keystone XL is dead and these legal maneuvers will change nothing” , said the director of the organization Sierra Club, Michael Brune.