Keystone XL, the $7.8 billion project to carry Canadian oil from Alberta to refineries on the Gulf Coast, has been in the news for years.
It’s the project that has ignited the biggest battle between the environmental movement and President Donald Trump.
But while the pipeline is in the middle of a legal battle, the fight has been raging for months and was the subject of a documentary by the Guardian.
What’s the timeline?
The pipeline has been under development for more than three decades, and is the largest ever US energy project.
It will carry 1.4 million barrels of oil per day (bpd) from Alberta’s oil sands to a refinery on the Texas Gulf Coast.
It has been delayed by several factors including the Keystone pipeline project, which the Obama administration and Congress have said will have to be stopped.
But the pipeline has gained new momentum since President Trump was elected in November.
His election saw a surge in oil and gas activity, and in December he signed an executive order to restart the Keystone project.
The order, which had already been blocked by the courts, now requires the State Department to complete the final stages of construction by the end of 2017.
In an interview with Al Jazeera, the executive director of the US Campaign to Protect New Orleans, Patrick McGowan, said: “It is now clear that the US government’s pipeline approval process is fundamentally flawed, and the Obama Administration is now actively working to undermine it.”
McGowan added: “The State Department’s review is a sham, and it’s the Keystone Pipeline that’s now the most controversial pipeline in American History.”
What are the issues?
Keystone XL is the pipeline that is proposed to carry 1 million barrels per day from Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf Coast).
The pipeline would carry oil from Canada’s oilfields to refiners in the Gulf.
What is the timeline for the pipeline?
It is expected to be completed in 2022, but it has been subject to a lengthy legal battle over the past year.
The Obama administration had initially approved the project in February, but the State department then stopped its review and allowed construction to begin only in January.
Now the State has started its own review of the project and is scheduled to announce a final decision by the summer.
The pipeline is being built in the state of Texas, and will cross the Gulf from Canada to the Louisiana coast.
But it is expected that the State will not complete its work until at least 2020.
How do you get the pipeline to Texas?
The state of North Dakota is the first to be approved to build the pipeline.
In January, the State passed a law that allows it to carry the pipeline from Alberta via the Gulf to the coast, where it will be delivered to refiner Gulfport.
What are its environmental benefits?
Environmental groups are concerned that the pipeline will exacerbate climate change by transporting more greenhouse gases.
The project will carry 2.2 million barrels a day (mbd) of oil through the US and Mexico, and this is expected, at most, to increase by about 0.5 mbd a year.
It is also estimated that the project will cause an additional 1.5 million barrels in emissions per day.
What does this mean for the environment?
The Keystone XL project is a major environmental project that will be a major contributor to global climate change.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Energy (DOE) have previously said that the Keystone proposal is a “keystone” to the overall goal of limiting greenhouse gas emissions.
But a number of environmental groups and activists have expressed concern that the approval process will also lead to “pollution” of waterways and other water bodies and threaten the health of millions of people.
What will happen to the people of Texas?
If the State approves the pipeline, the project is expected in the US to create at least 7,000 jobs, and if it fails, thousands of jobs could be lost.
If the pipeline breaks, it could cause a significant economic blow to the state.
However, the pipeline itself will not pose a threat to the environment because it will pass through the Gulf, which contains a significant number of wetlands and other habitats that have been preserved and protected by the US Army Corps of Engineers.
The Keystone project is also expected to benefit the oil industry, which will likely make it easier for it to get the oil to refinery facilities.
In December, the Obama White House announced that it would continue to work with the State to complete all the regulatory approvals necessary to get Keystone off the ground.
Will this stop Trump from making good on his campaign promise to build a wall along the US-Mexico border?
The Trump administration has said that it will build a “wall” along the southern border of the United States, and has also said that he would “immediately” begin the construction of a wall.
However it has yet to say what the