Canadian Crude Moves Through KXL Southern Leg

CUSHING, OK - MARCH 22: 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. 
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Clare Foran
Feb. 27, 2014, 1:50 a.m.

Tran­sCanada CEO Russ Girl­ing said Wed­nes­day that Ca­na­dian crude has be­gun to move through the south­ern leg of the Key­stone XL pipeline, even without the pro­ject’s con­tro­ver­sial north­ern ex­ten­sion, Fuel Fix re­ports.

The north­ern leg of the pipeline, which is in­ten­ded to bring crude from Al­berta, Canada, to Gulf Coast re­finer­ies, has been held up in reg­u­lat­ory limbo for years. It is cur­rently un­der re­view at the State De­part­ment, where Sec­ret­ary of State John Kerry will de­term­ine wheth­er the pro­ject is in the na­tion­al in­terest.

Even if the cross-bor­der pipeline is giv­en the ax, however, Girl­ing said the com­pany’s ex­ist­ing pipeline net­work is suf­fi­cient to haul Ca­na­dian crude to the Gulf Coast.

Pres­id­ent Obama has said he will not ap­prove the pipeline un­less it does not sig­ni­fic­antly add to cur­rent levels of at­mo­spher­ic car­bon di­ox­ide.

En­vir­on­ment­al­ists be­lieve the pipeline’s ap­prov­al would be “game over” for the plan­et, ar­guing that it would dra­mat­ic­ally speed oil-sands ex­trac­tion. Pipeline back­ers, however, point to a re­cently fi­nal­ized en­vir­on­ment­al re­view of the pipeline that found it would have a neg­li­gible ef­fect on oil-sands de­vel­op­ment.


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