TC Energy Corp. on Feb. 12 canceled the binding open season for the Keystone XL (KXL) oil pipeline it had launched at the start of the year, further signaling the end to the contentious project.
The KXL project was designed to move up to 830,000 bbl/d of Canadian crude from Alberta to Nebraska. Announced 12 years ago, the line was already well under construction in Canada.
While it was supported by the outgoing Trump administration, which approved the permit in March 2019, KXL’s ability to move forward in construction in the U.S., however, had been hobbled by intense opposition from landowners, Native American tribes and environmentalists.
TC Energy had launched the open season on Jan. 6 to solicit binding commitments for crude oil transportation services on the Keystone Pipeline System from Hardisty, Alberta, to Patoka, Illinois. The capacity offered would have become available when Keystone XL went into service.
Though, shortly after taking office on Jan. 20, U.S. President Joe Biden signed an executive order revoking KXL permit—effectively killing the project—as part of his promised to put the United States on a track to net-zero emissions by 2050.
Due to revocation of its presidential permit, TC Energy immediately suspended advancement of the Keystone XL pipeline project, causing it to eliminate more than 1,000 construction jobs.
On Feb. 9, the head of the U.S. Senate energy committee, Joe Manchin, urged Biden to reverse his opposition to the KXL pipeline, saying the project provides union jobs and is safer than transporting the oil via trucks and trains. Fourteen attorneys general, led by Austin Knudsen of oil-producing Montana, have also urged Biden in a separate letter to reverse his decision on the Keystone permit.
Reuters contributed to this article.
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