The National Energy Board (NEB) approved TransCanada's Keystone Pipeline GP Ltd. request to begin winter clearing work on the North Spread of its Keystone XL Project.
Keystone has now satisfied the regulatory requirements for winter 2019 clearing of trees and shrubs along the pipeline route's north section, starting at Hardisty, Alberta, as indicated in the NEB's letter to the company.
The NEB's approval applies to the North Spread of the Project only. Clearing activities in other areas of the Project, other construction activities, and any activity during the restricted activity periods for migratory birds are excluded from this approval.
Further pipeline construction would be subject to NEB approval of other condition compliance submissions.
The NEB will continue to provide regulatory oversight throughout all stages of this Project to protect the public and the environment. For more information on the NEB's regulatory oversight of the Keystone XL Project, please go to the NEB website.
On February 27, 2009, TransCanada Keystone Pipeline GP Ltd. applied to the NEB to build and operate the Keystone XL Pipeline, a 36-inch pipeline that would ship approximately 700,000 barrels per day of crude oil from Alberta to the United States.
The Canadian portion of the pipeline would traverse 529 kilometres from Hardisty, Alberta, crossing the Canada/US border at Monchy, Saskatchewan.
On March 11, 2010, the NEB issued a report recommending that Governor in Council approve the Keystone XL Pipeline Project, subject to 22 conditions. On April 22, 2010, Governor in Council directed the NEB to issue a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the Project.
The company has completed oil tank construction at the Hardisty Terminal in Alberta, and completed two Horizontal Directional Drill crossings of the Red Deer River and South Saskatchewan River. Work is also ongoing at several pump stations.