Oil Flow Starts in Keystone Pipeline’s Southern Leg

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Pipe is stacked at the southern site of the Keystone XL pipeline on March 22, 2012 in Cushing, Oklahoma. U.S. President Barack Obama is pressing federal agencies to expedite the section of the Keystone XL pipeline between Oklahoma and the Gulf Coast.
National Journal
Ben Geman
Dec. 10, 2013, 2:12 a.m.

Key­stone pipeline de­veloper Tran­sCanada Corp. has be­gun load­ing oil in­to the south­ern leg of the pro­ject, which runs from Ok­lahoma to the Texas coast, The Hou­s­ton Chron­icle re­ports.

“The pipeline own­er will need to fill the newly con­struc­ted line be­fore it can be­gin de­liv­er­ing oil to re­finer­ies along the Gulf Coast, in­clud­ing those in Hou­s­ton,” the Chron­icle re­ports.

“Tran­sCanada plans to fill the new pipeline sys­tem with about 3 mil­lion bar­rels of oil in the com­ing weeks,” the pa­per re­ports.

But the con­tro­ver­sial north­ern leg of the pro­ject re­mains in limbo.

The White House is weigh­ing wheth­er to grant a per­mit for the pipeline seg­ment that would bring crude from Al­berta’s oil sands across the bor­der to link up with the south­ern por­tion.

En­vir­on­ment­al groups bat­tling the pro­ject made their latest case to the State De­part­ment on Monday.

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