Keystone XL is dead, and Albertans are on the hook for $1.3B

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Installed Keystone XL pipe will remain underground, for now

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The ultimate value to Albertans for the Keystone XL pipeline will likely be about $1.three billion because the provincial authorities and TC Vitality introduced the official termination of the challenge Wednesday. 

“We invested in Keystone XL due to the long-term financial advantages it will have supplied Albertans and Canadians,” mentioned Vitality Minister Sonya Savage in a information launch. 

The Alberta authorities agreed final yr to speculate about $1.5 billion as fairness within the challenge, plus billions extra in mortgage ensures to be able to get the pipeline transferring. 

Consequently, the Canadian leg of the challenge had been below development for a number of months with round 1,000 employees in southeast Alberta.

If accomplished, the 1,897-kilometre pipeline, first introduced in 2005, would have carried 830,000 barrels of crude a day from the oilsands in Hardisty, Alta., to Nebraska. It might then join with the unique Keystone that runs to U.S. refineries on the Gulf Coast.

Allow cancelled

That funding vaporized when the Biden administration within the U.S. cancelled the allow for the challenge on its first day in workplace. 

TC Vitality and the province mentioned they might have a look at their choices within the wake of the cancellation, however TC Vitality mentioned the pipeline extension was formally useless as of Wednesday. 

The corporate mentioned in a information launch that it’s going to proceed to co-ordinate with regulators, stakeholders and Indigenous teams to fulfill its environmental and regulatory commitments and guarantee a protected termination of and exit from the challenge. 

Beforehand, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney mentioned the federal government would work with TC Vitality to “to make use of all authorized avenues obtainable to guard its curiosity within the challenge.”

In a launch, Alberta’s Opposition NDP known as for the premier to launch the total contents of the pipeline deal.

“At the moment’s loss is one other instance of how Jason Kenney has failed our power sector. From his embarrassing warfare room to his overdue and over-budget inquiry, he is did not create jobs,” mentioned Calgary-Mountain View MLA and NDP power critic Kathleen Ganley within the launch.

“Now, his mismanagement and full incompetence on this file has value the individuals of Alberta north of $1 billion.”

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