As the United States is forced to shut down its oil and gas pipelines to prevent a spill, the gulf oil pipeline that was built to transport the crude from the Gulf Coast to California has been cancelled.
The Gulf Coast Pipeline Corporation (GCP), which was built by Canadian company Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), has been shut down, the U.S. Department of Energy said in a statement.
The decision comes after more than three years of debate in Congress over whether to keep the pipeline or halt it in the name of environmental and safety protections.
Congresswoman Barbara Lee, the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said in February that she believed the pipeline should not be shut down.
The pipeline carries crude oil from the Canadian tar sands region in Alberta, Canada, to Gulf Coast refineries in Louisiana and Texas.
It is intended to ship up to 8 million barrels of crude per day to Gulf states.
The U.N. agency overseeing the Gulf is working to shut it down as soon as the Environmental Protection Agency approves a final environmental impact statement for the pipeline.
The government has said it is committed to the pipeline’s completion and that the Environmental Impact Statement will be completed by the end of this year.
The pipeline is expected to be fully operational in 2019.GCP said in an emailed statement that the company was “extremely disappointed with the decision.”
“The Government of the United Kingdom and ETP are deeply concerned by this decision and have taken this opportunity to engage directly with the company and all stakeholders to ensure that the final decision to terminate this project does not jeopardize the well-being of our customers and the environment,” the company said.
Gcp said it will continue to work to “safeguard the environment and our customers” through a variety of measures, including an “internal review.”
“We are confident that we will be able to complete this project safely and with the required infrastructure to ensure the safety and integrity of our communities,” the statement said.
“The Government will continue working with the relevant government agencies, partners and partners to ensure this project is completed as planned.”
The Department of Interior has until Friday to finalize the environmental impact statements for the two proposed pipelines.