The decision on the Keystone XL pipeline is now in the hands of the United States State Department.
Incoming Secretary of State John Kerry said at his confirmation hearings on Thursday he’d like the review on his desk as as soon as possible.
Michael Moore, with the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary thinks the pipeline will get approved eventually with Kerry’s signature followed by U.S. President Barack Obama.
But he said it could come with conditions.
“It’s more likely that there will be a product charge imposed on it as opposed to a standard that TransCanada wouldn’t be able to meet because they’re simply moving a product and they are certainly capable of moving that safely,” he says.
“By the time it gets received at the U.S. ports or at the U.S. refineries in the upper Midwest, there could be a charge or a tax or something else.”
State Department officials have said there will be no decision on Keystone before March 31st.