Amid hand-wringing over the stalled-out Keystone XL pipeline, TransCanada, the company behind the pipeline, has announced it will delay filing an application to move forward with construction of another pipeline to transport crude from Alberta's oil sands, E&E reports (subscription required).
The company was originally expected to file an application with Canada's National Energy Board sometime in 2013 for approval of its plans to retrofit a natural-gas pipeline to carry crude oil to refineries on the country's Eastern Seaboard. The proposed Energy East pipeline would stretch for 2,800 miles across Canada. It now appears, however, that TransCanada will not meet the deadline to file an application this year.
Steve Pohlod, TransCanada's vice president of eastern business development, commented: "There is still work we have to do out in the field and environmental work."