Keystone XL, Back in the Pipeline – February 17, 2017

A Major Coup for Trudeau

A depot used to store pipes for Transcanada Corp’s planned Keystone XL oil pipeline, Gascoyne, North Dakota, January 25, 2017.

Given the strong opinions about Keystone XL that have formed on both sides of the debate, one might think that the project would fundamentally change the face of North America’s pipeline network. In fact, it would merely serve as an alternate route for the oil sands and crude that already travel within preexisting pipeline infrastructure, from Alberta due east to Manitoba, and then, following a 90 degree turn, southward into the American Midwest. Keystone XL would effectively be a giant hypotenuse that extends into a more or less straight line directly from eastern Alberta into Steele City, Nebraska.

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