Posted April 05, 2018 04:30:10 Alaska is set to get its first pipeline map this year, and it may be the only one.
A biden pipeline is planned to bring oil from the Canadian oil sands to the state’s eastern shores.
But a new map by Alaska Pipeline Mapmakers says that project has stalled because of opposition from Native American groups.
The biden line would have brought oil from Alberta to a terminal in the state, where it would have been transported to refineries along the Pacific Coast.
But the project was stopped after federal regulators ruled that Native American tribes had the right to sue.
Alaskans and other tribes have long protested that the pipeline would damage their water supplies and destroy their traditional lands, and Alaskan officials have been pushing for a new route since the company began work in 2012.
Alaska Pipeline Maps says the Alaska project, which would have sent crude oil to a refinery in Fairbanks, will now move forward.
The project will be built by a private firm called Energy Transfer Partners.
The company is led by CEO Bill Edwards, who previously led TransCanada, the company that was responsible for building the Keystone XL pipeline that brought oil to U.S. refineries.
Edwards also served as chairman of TransCanada’s board of directors, which oversaw the construction of Keystone XL.
The pipeline is currently under construction near the town of Fairbanks and is expected to be complete by 2021.
Al Jazeera’s Adam Kredo and The Associated Press contributed to this report.