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Alberta is seeking $1.3-billion in compensation from the U.S. government in the wake of President Joe Biden’s cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline’s permit.

The provincial government says it has filed a notice of intent to launch a claim under legacy rules tied to the old North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA.

The proposed Keystone XL pipeline had been the subject of a decade-plus battle that pitted the energy industry against environmentalists.

Mr. Biden revoked the permit for Keystone XL shortly after his inauguration last year.

Calgary-based TC Energy TRP-T, the company behind the proposed pipeline, filed a similar claim in July seeking US$15-billion, after formally cancelling the project and taking a $2.2-billion writedown.

The Alberta government had invested in the project and was left on the hook for $1.3-billion when it was cancelled.

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