Keystone XL clears the last remaining hurdle in Nebraska
Keystone XL cleared another hurdle today, after the Nebraska Supreme Court affirmed the alternative route that was approved by the state's Public Service Commission (PSC) in 2017.
The PSC's decision was challenged by several litigation groups, who argued that the approved routing was different than the route which formed the basis of the company's environmental assessment. The court ruled that state regulators do have the power to approve a routing that differs from the company's application.
Two other lawsuits in Montana, launched by two Native American tribes, were dismissed last June, at the request of both TC Energy and the US government. The pipeline project received a new Presidential Permit last March, superseding its 2017 permit.
Although all lingering court cases have been resolved for now, the company has not yet provided any cost or construction schedule updates. Keystone XL’s last estimated in-service date of March 2021 went out the window earlier this year, when the US Court of Appeals ordered the company to hold-off on any pre-construction work, causing it to miss the 2019 construction season.
At last count, Keystone XL had an estimated price tag of US$8 billion. The 1,900 km pipeline would add 830,000 bbl/day of crude export capacity from Alberta to the US Gulf Coast.