The Failure of Keystone XL

December 2017, Vol. 244, No. 12

By Sarah Ladislaw and Andrew J. Stanley, Center for Strategic & International Studies, Washingon, D.C

Facts  On Monday, November 20, Nebraska’s Public Service Commission voted to authorize the construction of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline through the state. The pipeline, which seeks to link Western Canadian oil sands and Bakken shale oil in North Dakota to Gulf Coast refineries in the United States, was first proposed nearly a decade ago but was blocked in 2015 by President Barack Obama, before President Donald Trump reversed that decision upon entering office in 2017. The decision by Nebraska regulators has been touted as the final major regulatory obstacle for the project to overcome before…

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