"Today, misplaced symbolism was chosen over merit and science — rhetoric won out over reason. ... It is disappointing the administration appears to have said yes to more oil imports from Iran and Venezuela over oil from Canada, the United States' strongest ally and trading partner, a country with rule of law and values consistent with the U.S," TransCanada President Russ Girling said. "Today's decision deals a damaging blow to jobs, the economy and the environment on both sides of the border."
"Today's announcement demonstrates our dedication to listening and delivering a vital infrastructure project that will provide significant economic benefits to all provinces along the pipeline's route," said Russ Girling, company president and CEO.