TC Energy is moving ahead with plans to construct the Keystone XL pipeline, and it’s getting ready to make a few Montana moves.
Keystone XL Getting Ready To Move In Montana
Terry Cunha, a spokesman for TC Energy, told the Williston Herald that Keystone XL has reached several key milestones. That prompted the company to file a status report with the U.S. District Court of Montana last week. In it, TC Energy said it would move heavy equipment to storage yards in Montana and South Dakota in February, and would transport and install worker camp modules in both states in April.
The crew camps are all on private property and have already been permitted by the respective states, TC Energy added.
Meanwhile, litigation brought by environmental groups and tribal groups continues.
TC Energy has been trying now to build the beleaguered Keystone XL pipeline for more than a decade.
Originally slated to cost $5 billion, the $8 billion to $10 billion project would carry up to 830,000 barrels per day of bottlenecked oil from Alberta, Canada, to the Midwest. From there it could access refineries and markets on the Gulf Coast.
That permit was suspended after an environmental group filed suit, contending environmental studies and other assessments had been insufficient. Morris agreed with the groups and said the government had failed to adequately explain the change in rationale and its benefit to America.
Trump issued a brand new permit in 2019. That mooted the case, but attracted new suits, both from both environmental groups and from two tribal groups, the Rosebud Sioux and the Fort Belknap Indian Community.