Alberta Clipper's five-year saga ends with a Presidential Permit
After years of regulatory delays, the Trump Administration has granted Enbridge a presidential permit for a long-forgotten 3-mile section of Line 67.
The 1,790 km pipeline, better known as Alberta Clipper, has been operating since 2010, running from Edmonton, Alberta, to Superior, Wisconsin.
The line was originally built to handle 450,000 bbl/day, but capacity was later increased to 800,000 bbl/day. However, the segment that crosses the Canada/US border fell victim to President Obama's crusade against the Canadian energy sector, leaving crude flows constrained at the border crossing.
In 2014, Enbridge engineered a workaround, cross-connecting Line 67 to Line 3, which forms part of its larger Mainline network.
The US Department of State revived the project this past February, issuing a final Environmental Impact Statement in August. The new administration has now deemed the pipeline in the national interest.
Enbridge's Mainline network has a total capacity of about 3 million bbl/day, carrying most of Canada's crude exports into the US. The new presidential permit will allow Line 67 to run at its nameplate capacity in its entirety, relieving some of the load on Line 3.
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