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No U.S. construction work on Keystone oil sands pipeline this year

Tuesday, 11 June 2019 | 00:00

Despite a favorable court ruling in the U.S. for its Keystone XL pipeline, proponent TC Energy will not begin construction on the project south of the border this year. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit overturned a lower court injunction June 6 that prevented Calgary-based pipeline giant TC Energy — formerly TransCanada — from beginning construction on its 830,000-barrels-per-day pipeline, but the company has already lost the 2019 construction season from previous delays.

“There will be no mainline construction in 2019 in the U.S.,” TC Energy spokesperson Matthew John said. The company had previously warned on earnings calls that if it didn’t get relief from the injunction earlier this year, it would not be able to begin construction work on the C$8 billion pipeline between Alberta and Nebraska to move oil sands crude onto refineries in Texas and Louisiana.

TC Energy has been locked in a years-long legal battle with opposed landowners and environmental organizations to build the Keystone XL pipeline and continues to face other challenges. “We are pleased with the ruling. We look forward to advancing the project,” John said. However, the company is still awaiting a decision from the Nebraska Supreme Court over whether its permits to build the pipeline through the state are valid.
Source: Calgary Herald

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