Dismissal of Lawsuit over Keystone XL Pipeline Requested by US Attorneys

The Trump administration attorneys wanted a U.S. judge to throw out a lawsuit from Native American tribes in Montana and South Dakota. The lawsuit is blocking TC Energy’s proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline that would carry up to 830,000 barrels per day from Canada to Nebraska.

A Thursday hearing on the government's attempt to dismiss the case will be presided over by U.S. District Judge Brian Morris. The judge blocked the line in November, saying more environmental studies were needed. But Trump circumvented that ruling in March by issuing a new permit for the $8 billion, 1,184-mile project.

According to the administration, Trump's approval applies only to a 1-mile section of pipeline along the U.S.-Canada border and not the rest of the line, but the tribes argue that Trump's permit applies to the entire pipeline.

The tribes fears that a spill could damage a South Dakota water supply system that serves more than 51,000 people including residents of the Rosebud, Pine Ridge and Lower Brule Indian reservations. Also they say that President Donald Trump approved the pipeline without considering potential damage to cultural sites from spills and construction.

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chron

Keystone XL Route Approval Affirmed by Nebraska Supreme Court

Nebraska Supreme Court has affirmed the November 2017 decision that approved the Keystone XL Pipeline route through the state which was taken by the Nebraska Public Service Commission, TC Energy Corp. announced on August 23.

“The Supreme Court decision is another important step as we advance towards building this vital energy infrastructure project,” said Russ Girling, TC Energy’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We thank the thousands of government leaders, landowners, labor unions and other community partners for their continued support through this extensive review process.  It has been their unwavering support that has advanced this project to where it is today.”

The pipeline project still faces obstacles after a November 2018 ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris to block construction activities in Montana. But in March, President Donald Trump issued a new Presidential Permit for Keystone XL, superseding the one he issued in 2017.

The Nebraska Public Service Commission on November 20, 2017 gave approval to TC Energy (then TransCanada) to build the Keystone XL pipeline using the Mainline Alternative Route. But environmental groups had challenged the Nebraska Public Service Commission decision to approve the project.

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napipelines

Open Season Extended for Tallgrass Energy’s Pony Express Pipeline

Tallgrass Energy, LP has announced that it has extended and expanded its open season soliciting shipper commitments for crude oil transportation services.

The open season, initially announced on 13 November 2018, has been extended to 14 April 2019. This is to reflect updated rates and contracting options to accommodate newly secured commitments.

The 760-mile Pony Express crude oil pipeline originates in Guernsey, Wyo., and runs through Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas, connecting with three refineries before terminating in Cushing, Okla.

Placed in service in 2014, Pony Express has a design capacity of 320,000 barrels a day, and based on a number of factors has the capacity to transport additional barrels.

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worldpipelines
tallgrassenergylp

Portion of TransCanada’s Keystone Pipeline Remains Shut as Leak Investigations Continue

A portion of TransCanada Corp’s Keystone oil pipeline remained shut on Thursday for investigation.

TransCanada shut a portion of the TransCanada Corp’s Keystone oil pipeline as they investigate a possible leak on its right-of-way near St. Louis, Missouri, a company spokesman said.

The pipeline was shut down on Wednesday, and remains shut on Thursday as investigations go on.

Crews were dispatched to assess the situation which seems to have occurred between Steele City, Nebraska and Patoka, Illinois.

The Keystone pipeline has a 590,000 bpd output and is a critical part of Alberta to U.S. refinery crude.

The release of oil gas stopped on Wednesday and all that remains is finding the actual leak.

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Reuters