Trump approves Alberta-Alaska rail project to move oil, resources

Trump approves Alberta-Alaska rail project to move oil, resources

Donald Trump has issued a presidential approval for a 2,570-kilometre rail line that will link Anchorage, Alaska to northern Alberta.

The A2A Cross-Border Rail will run through Yukon and Northwest Territories and will cost about $22 billion CAD.

According to MSN

A2A said in July that it had commissioned an engineering firm to survey land in Alberta for the project and eventually engage in early field activities like land clearing, fencing and access road preparation.

The Alberta government paid for a feasibility study on the concept of a rail line running between the province and Alaska in 2015 -- which said while a railway would be challenging to build through the area, it would provide an alternative to pipeline transportation for oil.

The A2A line would transport oil, as well as grain, ore, and other containerized goods.

The line still needs to go through an environmental impact assessment in Canada before seeking federal and provincial approvals.