TransCanada is standing by its vow to build the $8.3-billion Keystone XL pipeline, despite a recent federal court ruling that struck down the Trump Administration’s 2017 effort to jump-start the project. Paul Miller, who oversees liquids pipelines for the Calgary-based company, told a Nov. 13 investors meeting in Toronto that deficiencies identified by Judge Brian Morris of the U.S. District Court in Montana in denying the project’s construction permit are “manageable,” though it’s too soon to determine the ruling’s effect on the planned summer 2019 construction start. In his Nov. 8 decision, Morris found that the U.S. State Dept., which has primary jurisdiction over the 1,179-mile cross-border pipeline’s permit decisions, violated the National Environmental Policy Act and the Administrative Procedures Act by failing to provide “a reasoned explanation” to support deletion of sections related to climate change from the agency’s 2015 record of decision that denied the construction permit.
TransCanada Stays Committed to Keystone
November 21, 2018