The Canadian government is moving quickly to close a pipeline that could have sent crude oil from Alberta’s oil sands to the U.S. Gulf Coast and Canada’s Gulf Coast refineries.
A federal cabinet committee approved the decision Monday, less than a week after a House panel approved the Keystone proposal.
The panel’s decision came after more than a year of debate over whether the pipeline would create jobs or harm the environment.
The pipeline is one of a handful of infrastructure projects in Canada that have been plagued by delays and cost overruns.
The Keystone XL pipeline would carry oil from Canada’s oil-producing province of Alberta to a pipeline carrying Canadian crude to refineries in Texas.
The project has been one of the main drivers of the U-S.
oil sands boom and a major source of U.N. sanctions against Iran.
A report from the Energy Department in May found that the Keystone project had a higher risk of environmental damage than any other project in the U: The pipeline had the highest risk of leaks, spills, damage to land or water, and other problems.
That assessment included a section that described the pipeline as “the worst” in terms of environmental effects.
But in the House report, the panel said the pipeline was “significantly more robust than any of the other projects identified by the department.”
The panel also recommended that the Department of Energy approve the pipeline if it meets all of its environmental impact standards.
A final decision on the project is expected by the end of the year.
The Canadian government says the Keystone Pipeline is not needed and that the government has had enough time to study the project and assess its impacts.
“The project is currently not required for any of its construction requirements,” a statement released Monday by the ministry said.
“In fact, in the past year, Canada has taken a number of steps to address and mitigate the risks associated with the project, including increasing pipeline capacity and enhancing environmental monitoring and enforcement.”
The statement said the government’s “completion of the Keystone will allow us to accelerate its environmental review and to address all the necessary mitigation measures.”
The House committee approved two other projects in March and April that also could see Keystone XL construction completed.
The two projects, the Keystone and the Enbridge Line 3, would transport oil from western Canada to the Gulf Coast, the Ottawa region and New York.
In February, the Senate approved a bill that would allow oil and natural gas companies to apply to export oil from the Keystone line to the West Coast.
The House committee has yet to consider the Senate bill.
A pipeline in the works, the Envoy pipeline, is being built along the Keystone Line to carry Canadian crude from the oilsands to refiners in Texas and Oklahoma.
The Envoy is the first pipeline to cross the Canadian border in more than 20 years and the project has sparked protests from environmentalists.
Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order instructing federal agencies to expedite the Keystone Project.
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