Signs at a fossil fuels protest at the White House in September 2016. Photo by Indianz.Com (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

Keystone XL Pipeline developer plans to announce decision by end of year

President Donald Trump has repeatedly taken credit for reviving the Keystone XL Pipeline yet the project is far from a certainty.

But it's not due to opposition from tribes along the 1,179-mile route. The Canadian developer behind the project isn't sure whether it makes sense to move forward with the multi-billion dollar pipeline.

"Our assessment of these factors will really drive our investment decision when we get into that November-December time frame," an executive at TransCanada said on a July 28 conference call with investors, Thomson Reuters reported.

Tribes and tribal activists have been fighting the pipeline for years. They thought the battle was over when then-president Barack Obama refused to grant a key permit for the project.

Then Trump came on board. After embracing large infrastructure projects during his campaign, he invited TransCanada to resubmit its application just four days into office. The permit was approved barely two months later.

The pipeline would carry oil extracted from Canada through Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska. From there it would connect with existing infrastructure in Kansas and in Oklahoma

The routes in Montana and South Dakota have been approved despite tribal opposition. Regulators in Nebraska aren't expected to decide until November.

Read More on the Story:
Keystone XL survived politics but economics could kill it (AP 8/3)
TransCanada official casts doubt on Keystone XL pipeline project (The Omaha World-Herald 7/29)
TransCanada to make final decision on Keystone XL by December (Thomson Reuters 7/28)
TransCanada may decide not to build Keystone XL (The Lincoln Journal Star 7/28)
People weigh in on Keystone XL during final public hearing (The Lincoln Journal Star 7/28)

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