The White River weaves through the landscape near where the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would pass on
Ottawa (AFP) - Canada's opposition Tories urged US President-elect Donald Trump Wednesday to quickly move on his pledge to relaunch a transcontinental oil pipeline that had been blocked under the previous administration.
"President-elect Trump has made it clear that he supports the Keystone XL pipeline, as has Prime Minister (Justin) Trudeau," Conservative interim leader Rona Ambrose said in a statement.
"The Conservative Party of Canada calls upon the prime minister to reach out to President-elect Trump at the earliest opportunity and make approval of this job-creating project a top priority.
The Keystone XL pipeline would have carried crude oil from the Alberta oil sands to US Gulf Coast refineries.
But the US government's denial of permits in 2015 to construct a 1,179-mile (1,900 kilometer) Alberta-Nebraska section effectively undermined the entire project.
Environmentalists have assailed the project arguing that Alberta's oil deposits -- which are the world's third largest -- are among the "dirtiest."
In June, Calgary-based TransCanada formally filed a US$15 billion lawsuit against the US government for blocking the pipeline after seven years of planning.
The suit is based on Chapter 11 of NAFTA -- the 1994 trade pact between the United States, Canada and Mexico -- which aims to protect foreign investors from potential losses.