Timeline Remains Uncertain for Proposed Keystone XL Pipeline

Men at work with oilThe developer of the $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline between Canada and the U.S. still has no definite timeframe for the project’s completion, despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s approval.

Despite gaining a permit in March, TransCanada CEO Russ Girling cited challenges for the pipeline project as the reason for putting it on the company’s longer-term list. The required amount of time to work on the infrastructure also makes it difficult to give a specific date, let alone an estimated time for its completion, Girling said.

Fierce Opposition

Due to the project’s sheer size and value, it’s not surprising that it will gain strong opposition from the public, particularly from environmental groups. In Nebraska, opponents of a proposed route, which will be constructed in the state, voiced their arguments against the project before the Nebraska Public Service Commission.

However, some labor unions responded to the environmentalists’ claims about the pipeline’s safety. The International Union of Operating Engineers and United Piping are some of the groups that recommended an approval for the plan.

TransCanada has already sought to acquire land from private owners with roughly 90% of them agreeing to give up their property along the proposed pipeline corridor.

One of Many

The proposed route in Nebraska would be one of several other pipelines across the U.S. It would involve a proposed 1,200-mile pipeline that would carry crude oil from Alberta, Canada, to the state. From storage to distribution, the labor unions believe the pipeline transportation is the safest method to distribute petroleum products.

For storage purposes, Heartland Tank Services added that tank fabrication and design technologies also allowed energy companies to stock crude oil and other commodities in a manner that’s safe for the public and the environment.

The Keystone XL pipeline’s supporters and opponents have equally reasonable sentiments about the projects. Are you in favor of a similar project in your area?