By Kevin Orland
The long-delayed pipeline, which has been a top target of environmental and climate change activists, was dealt a potential setback last month when a federal judge in Montana ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers improperly approved a streamlined permit process without fully evaluating the impact on endangered species. Just weeks before the judge’s ruling, the project had gotten a boost in the form of a $5.3 billion aid package from Alberta’s government.
Keystone XL would carry 830,000 barrels of crude a day along a 1,200-mile (1,900-kilometer) route, helping connect Alberta’s oil sands to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries. The project is scheduled to come into service in 2023.