March 01, 2016

Pipe dreams: A Canadian perspective on the Keystone XL pipeline rejection

Dufferin Harper

The project

Keystone XL (KXL) is a proposed pipeline project by TransCanada Pipelines Limited (TCPL) involving the transport of up to 830,000 barrels per day of Alberta oil to the United States. KXL would not have been the first pipeline to ship oil across the Canada-U.S. border (there are currently approximately 30 other cross-border oil pipelines), nor would it have been the first pipeline to ship Alberta oil to the United States. Indeed, prior to KXL, cross-border pipelines were considered so routine that former Prime Minister Harper once called the U.S. decision to approve KXL a “no-brainer” and “inevitable.”

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